The Dead Sea Is Sinking a Meter a Year


The Dead Sea, the salty lake located at the lowest point on Earth, is shrinking at an alarming rate – the surface level is dropping more than a meter a year.

As the level drops, the density and saltiness are rising and will eventually reach a point where the rate of evaporation will reach a kind of equilibrium. So it might get a lot smaller, but it won’t disappear entirely.

The landscapes of the Dead Sea have an extraordinary, almost lunar quality to them – imagine the Grand Canyon with Lake Como nestling in its depths.

In the tourist resort of Ein Gedi, the main building was built towards the end of the 1980s when the waves lapped up against its walls. Now the resort has had to buy a special train to take tourists to the water’s edge – a 2-km. journey.

David Steger – Israel


  1. Was there this past week. It’s sad. Not like it was when I was there twenty years ago. There is a huge break in the lake with a north and south section.


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