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Aerial photograph of the Dead Sea western shore. Parallel paleo shorelines show the intense water level drop (currently about 1 m per year). Salt (halite) actively precipitating from the water column gives this light blue color to the lake. CREDIT Photography courtesy of the International Continental scientific Drilling Program.

The struggle for life in the Dead Sea sediments

The special features of the Dead Sea don’t end there: the lake’s waters are a light turquoise-blue color and it is surrounded by golden...
ANCIENT WIPEOUT Preliminary evidence indicates that a low-altitude meteor explosion around 3,700 years ago destroyed cities, villages and farmland north of the Dead Sea (shown in the background above) rendering the region uninhabitable for 600 to 700 years.

How all human civilization abruptly ended on the banks of the Dead Sea?

According to a new preliminary study, a superheated impact from the skies destroyed urban areas and cultivating settlements north of the Dead Sea around 3,700...