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The good news is it will probably never dry up completely, the BBC said. As the water level drops, the sea’s density and saltiness rise. Eventually the rate of evaporation will reach a kind of equilibrium and it will stop shrinking. Just because the Dead Sea is not going to disappear entirely, though, doesn’t mean its shrinking isn’t a concern. During World War I, according to the BBC, British engineers scratched initials on a rock to mark the sea’s level of water. Now, those marks are on a bone-dry towering rock. BBC’s Kevin Connolly explains where the water level is now compared to back then: To reach the current water level you must climb down the rocks, cross a busy main road, make your way through a thicket of marshy plants and trek across a yawning mud flat. It’s about 2km (1.25 miles) in all. Local resorts are feeling the effects, too. At the tourist resort of Ein Gedi, when the main building was constructed, the water from the sea would lap against the walls. Now, the BBC said, the resort has to use a special train pulled by a tractor to take tourists to the water’s edge, roughly a 1.25-mile journey.
The farmers are affected, as well. But instead of retreating water lines, sinkholes are their foe. Sinkholes form when underground salt deposits are left behind by the shrinking Dead Sea. The land either collapses or dissolves when fresh water seeps under those spots, the BBC reported. But farmers, who grow tomatoes, bananas and watermelons, refuse to leave the land. Some sinkholes can be 100 meters (328 feet) across and 50 meters (164 feet) deep. Their numbers now top 5,500 around the Dead Sea’s shoreline. Forty years ago, the BBC reported, there were none. Each year, the number of sinkholes is increasing, and not in a predictable way.
“The number’s not linear,” Gidi Baer, Geological Survey of Israel, told the BBC. “It’s growing and accelerating. This year, for example, about 700 sinkholes formed, but in previous years the number was lower. In the 1990s it was a few dozen, now it’s hundreds.”
originally posted by: Metallicus
a reply to: lostbook
There are dry lake beds and places all over the world that used to be covered by water. The Earth is forever changing and in fact would be totally different if we were to come back in a million years. It simply isn't something to worry about.
We are only here for a blink of an eye. To worry over something silly like a changing Earth isn't worth your time