Sinkholes and Tourism at the Dead Sea

The shrinking Dead Sea is a perennial news item, but The Times of Israel’s article today has some new information on the subject that I haven’t seen in previous reports. There’s also a 360-degree-video taken from a boat moving along the shore.

The article addresses numerous items of interest, including:

  • The explosion of sinkholes from 100 to 6,000 in the last 25 years.
  • The closing of multiple tourist spots along the shore.
  • The reduction of the Jordan River to 5% of its original flow.
  • How fresh water coming from the mountains creates the sinkholes.
  • Israel’s increase of water released from the Sea of Galilee from 9 to 30 million cubic meters in the last 4 years.
  • The debate about how the mining industry contributes to the problem.
  • How Einot Tzukim is fighting to stay open for tourists.
  • The upside of the highway bypass at En Gedi.
  • One scholar’s proposal for an “open geological park” to enable visitors to view the sinkholes.
  • Why another scholar believes the sinkholes are good.

This well-illustrated article written by Melanie Lidman is here.

Dead Sea from Masada, tb060916736
The Dead Sea from Masada (June 2016)

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