Dead Sea Water Levels Continue to Recede

تم نشره في Sat 13 January / Jan 2018. 01:00 AM
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AMMAN —AlGhad— Water authorities have renewed their warnings today, Saturday, of the receding levels of water in the Dead Sea to a surface area 620 square kilometres, an issue that economically and industrially significant, as it is ecological.

Since 1976, Dead Sea water levels have receded some 33 square metres, at around one metre a year, roughly, according to the Water Authority’s figures.

More importantly, the lower the water levels, the more prone the surrounding terrain is to developing sinkholes, endangering citizens and their properties in the area.

So far, 70 sinkholes have formed in the surrounding ridges around the Dead Sea.

Sinkholes disrupt infrastructure and weaken buildings, threatening to collapse building, bridges and roads, sinking terrains in whole.