Dead Sea to Be Saved ... by Red Sea?
But Red-Dead plan has environmentalists worried
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2013 12:36 AM CST
Updated Dec 10, 2013 4:00 AM CST
The shoreline of the Dead Sea is seen near the town of Ghor Haditha in Jordan.   (AP Photo/Nader Daoud)

(Newser) – Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority have put aside their differences in an effort to keep the Dead Sea from going belly-up. The famously salty sea is dropping by more than 3 feet a year as the River Jordan is sucked almost dry by agriculture, and the new water-sharing pact will involve replenishing the sea with water from the Red Sea treated in a desalination plant and sent through a 110-mile pipeline, the BBC reports. The plan will also generate drinking water and hydroelectricity.

But while the $400 million "Red-Dead" project has been hailed as an example of regional cooperation, analysts have a lot of problems with the plan itself, the Guardian reports. Environmentalists warn that the plan—a scaled-back version of one that has been in the works for decades—will only supply around a tenth of the water needed to stabilize the sea and will do little to solve the region's chronic water shortages. Ominously, experiments that mixed water from the two seas resulted in disturbing changes to its chemical composition, causing the growth of algae and bacteria.

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Dec 14, 2013 6:11 AM CST
"Dead Sea to Be Saved ... by Red Sea" A Dying America is being saved by Red China
space cadet
Dec 11, 2013 11:32 PM CST
Having traveled to the region , the Dead sea actually was quite nice . Considered a Resort to aid in healing for many the salty waters along w/ the mud bathes were quite soothing and medicinal in many ways.It floats your body without any effort at all.thereby releaving stress and tension as well.
Ezekiel 25:17
Dec 11, 2013 1:31 AM CST
I've had interesting discussions about this with the operators of the "Dead Sea Salt" kiosk at the local malls. Well, at one of our malls, it went from a kiosk to a full blown mall store. They bring over Israeli college students who complete an internship selling the Dead Sea salt products such soaps, exfoliates, and cleansers. I'm rather convinced you can get the same results with ice cream salt but that wouldn't bring in $50 for a small jar of salt crystals. Well, if you are nice to them and take enough of their time and are enamored by the little petite beauties, they can get you to buy $120 of the stuff. I see old men buying the stuff for their wrinkley wives because if these Israeli beauties use it, maybe the wife will reverse 60 years of age overnight. So the discussion I have is both political and religious. How the Jordan river through time was a toilet for the entire holy land region. How the Dead Sea was always considered dirty. So how can the salt from it be so good for me. Well the reply is, "Oh you are mistaken, the Dead Sea is beautiful and is not dirty at all."