Dredge all salt from Dead Sea southern basin, experts urge

19.05.2011                      15.Ijar, 5771                      Tag 30 des Omer

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Dredge all salt from Dead Sea southern basin, experts urge

Inaction, they warn, would eventually lead to Ein Bokek hotels being flooded.

The 20 million tons of salt that burden the southern portion of the Dead Sea and are likely to eventually cause flooding at the local hotels must be harvested and dumped in the northern portion of the sea, an expert panel of environmentalists said in a report released this week.
To maintain operational efficiency as it harvests minerals from its evaporation ponds, the Dead Sea Works is perpetually pumping in water to the southern portion of the sea, which has caused water levels in the area to rise at a rate of about 200 millimeters per year, explained Prof. Alon Tal of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research….