Mid-East Plan to Replenish the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is dying—well, dwindling; the landlocked salt lake, the lowest body of water on Earth, is receding by as much as 3.3 ft (1 m) every year. The lake is fed primarily by the Jordan River, whose waters have been increasingly used for irrigation, greatly reducing inflow to the Dead Sea. Concerns about the loss of this unique natural resource have superseded political divisions, with IsraelJordan, and the Palestinian Authority coming together on a water-sharing deal aimed at replenishing the Dead Sea via a pipeline that will carry Red Sea brine to it from Jordan. Under the agreement, Israel will also provide more drinking water to Jordan and the Palestinian territories. More…

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