Last week The Times of Israel reported the first increase in volume in the Dead Sea in over ten years. The water level has dropped over 70 feet since the 1970s, creating dangerous sinkholes near the water. Last week’s storms caused the Sea of Galilee to rise over two feet, pushing water into the Jordan River and offsetting the effects of extended pumping from the Sea of Galilee and diverted water flow for the Dead Sea Works factories. One storm cannot offset the degraded environmental conditions, and a joint Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian canal and desalination project is in the works to ensure the continued life of the Dead Sea.
Want to learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls? Visit Bible History Daily’s Dead Sea Scrolls section for an introduction, history of scholarship, digital images and every Bible History Daily article on the scrolls.
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