Pinsteps. Dead Sea Dilemma: North-South Divide and the Water Crisis
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The Dead Sea, split into northern and southern sections, faces a complex ecological crisis. The southern part is particularly affected, experiencing significant shallowing. The water level of the Dead Sea is dropping at an alarming rate of around 1 meter per year. The primary reasons for this decline include water diversion from its main tributary, the Jordan River, for agricultural and domestic use in surrounding countries, and mineral extraction activities.

The Dead Sea's level is currently over 400 meters below sea level, making it one of the lowest points on Earth. This rapid decrease in water level not only alters the landscape, creating issues like sinkholes, but also poses severe ecological threats. Efforts to mitigate the problem include proposals to transfer water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, although political and environmental challenges have delayed such projects.

The situation is exacerbated by climate change and overuse of water resources, which affect the availability of freshwater in the region and have led to increased water scarcity in countries like Jordan. The reduction in water supply, alongside the growing demand due to population growth and agriculture, forces rationing and increases reliance on nonrenewable water sources, further stressing the environment.

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Bokek Stream adventure Uncover History! Hiking near the Dead Sea on Jan 11, 2024

Your day hike along the Bokek Stream promises to be enriching and exciting. Starting from Tsuk Tamrur, a name that testifies to British oil exploration attempts in the 1930s, you will proceed towards Bokek Fortress near the Dead Sea. Along the way, you'll encounter stunning landscapes and learn many stories, including the region's geological past. This journey offers insights into human activities and natural phenomena, such as the Syrian-African Rift, which led to the formation of the Dead Sea Valley.

As the sun sets behind the mountains in the evening, you'll descend into the Dead Sea Valley. This part of the route is awe-inspiring due to its dramatic elevation drop of about four hundred meters. The view from the observation deck is breathtaking, especially during twilight. This unique blend of history, geology, and incredible natural beauty makes the hike along the Bokek Stream an unforgettable experience.

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