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September 20, 2013 – Israel – The Dead Sea is drying up at an incredible rate leaving huge chasms of empty space in its wake. These chasms appear in the form of large, devastating sinkholes and are increasing in number throughout the region. Experts claim they are now forming at a rate of nearly one a day, but have no way of knowing when or how they will show up. Estimates by Moment magazine suggest that, on the Israeli side alone, there are now over 3,000 sinkholes around the Dead Sea. This compares to just 40 counted in 1990, with the first sinkhole appearing in the 1980s.
Sinkholes are basically bowl-shaped features that form when an empty space under the ground creates a depression.
The depression is the result of a reaction between freshwater and salt buried in a subterranean level beneath the surface.
When the freshwater dissolves the salt, it creates a void, causing the landscape around and above it to suddenly collapse.
...The significant decline of the water level over the past 30 years is due to diversion of water from the Jordan River and from the Dead Sea itself due to population increase.
reply to post by dlbott
Florida sinkhole capital of the world.....err....I don't think so not even close. Maybe the worst in the U.S. but not the world. I am pretty sure there a places in Russia that are far worse but I don't think they are even #1 for sinkholes in the world.
reply to post by 727Sky
It's all those DUMBs they're building. lol.
Honestly, I do wonder if we're just seeing more news coverage of this kind of thing. Or if there really is a sinkhole pandemic in the world right now.
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