Dead Sea under threat

Williamson, John
August 2003
Middle East;Aug/Sep2003, Issue 337, p60
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. The largest natural spa in the world, everybody can float in its salt and mineral rich waters. Philosopher Aristotle praised its remarkable properties. Egyptian queen Cleopatra extolled its medicinal and cosmetic potential and later, the Nabateans extracted hundreds of tons of its bitumen, to be used by generations of Egyptians in the process of embalming mummies. Now this historic sea is in danger of extinction. Friends of the Earth Middle East organization has warned that the Dead Sea, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, may virtually vanish by 2050 if nothing is done to arrest the falling water level. The growth in tourism and industrial factories have been singled out as the main causes for the pending extinction.


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