Dead Sea drilling research project portends ominous future for Middle East

Dec 07, 2011 by Bob Yirka report
Salt buildup on the shores of the Dead Sea. Image: Ian and Wendy Sewell/Wikipedia

(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of researchers drilling in the center of the Dead Sea have found that approximately 120,000 years ago, the area became so dry the Sea dried up completely, or nearly so, and worse, it likely occurred over a lengthy period of time. Today the history rich sea, the lowest in the world, is shrinking too, but unlike back then, this time it’s due to human’s siphoning off water from the rivers that feed it leading to a precipitous drop that has reduced the depth of the water by some 10 meters since the mid nineties.

The Deep Project, as its been called, involved boring holes in two locations into the sea floor over four months between late 2010 and early 2011 and cost US $2.6 million, and was funded by the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program with additional contributions from other organizations and countries. Over the course of the drilling, the team, managed to pull up a 400 meter length of sediment from beneath the sea floor, giving the researchers a peak 200,000 years into the past. But it was the part of the sample that represented a time around 120,000 that really intrigued them, as there they found rocky pebbles similar to those found currently on the shore line. This meant that the sea had dried to the point where it may have had no water in it at all. And beneath the pebbles was a layer of salt about 45 meters thick, which is what researchers calculate, would occur if all the water in the sea were removed today. Thus, it appears that the Dead Sea was for a time, nothing more than a very large salt flats.

The idea that the Dead Sea could go dry is a very scary thing for those in the Middle East, especially for those who follow global warming theories and politics. While the water from the Dead Sea itself isn’t used for much of anything except swimming, the rivers that run into it are critical to the survival of millions of people in the area, and controlling those rivers is rife with controversy which has in the past led to wars, as the Dead Sea sits right between Israel and Jordan.

With many global warming models predicting a more arid , the specter of a dried up Dead Sea could possibly send the area into a period of turmoil dwarfing past conflicts, which would of course cause ripples all across the globe, leading to a very unstable future for virtually everyone.

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Nik_2213
2.3 / 5 (3) Dec 07, 2011
Sadly, this is the one place in the world where no-one dares pipe sea-water to it, restoring the water level to historic marks and using the pressure-head for reverse osmosis...
Neurons_At_Work
5 / 5 (1) Dec 07, 2011
Sadly, this is the one place in the world where no-one dares pipe sea-water to it, restoring the water level to historic marks and using the pressure-head for reverse osmosis...

I don't understand the first part of your comment or why you've gotten 2 down votes, but this is actually not a bad idea. At 1388 feet below sea level, one would achieve 600 PSI of static pressure--certainly in the sweet spot for typical RO applications. The industrial units I'm familiar with run in the 250-400 PSI range, but the incoming pressure would be easy to regulate. Of course, this would do nothing to alleviate the fundamental problem of reduced flows in the various rivers in the region, but could at least help to supplement it. Was your fear that an accident or sabotage could lead to uncontrolled flows? Seems like that would be easy to protect against with a closed pipe system...
Nerdyguy
3 / 5 (4) Dec 07, 2011
Sadly, this is the one place in the world where no-one dares pipe sea-water to it, restoring the water level to historic marks and using the pressure-head for reverse osmosis...

I don't understand the first part of your comment or why you've gotten 2 down votes, but this is actually not a bad idea. At 1388 feet below sea level, one would achieve 600 PSI of static pressure--certainly in the sweet spot for typical RO applications. The industrial units I'm familiar with run in the 250-400 PSI range, but the incoming pressure would be easy to regulate. Of course, this would do nothing to alleviate the fundamental problem of reduced flows in the various rivers in the region, but could at least help to supplement it. Was your fear that an accident or sabotage could lead to uncontrolled flows? Seems like that would be easy to protect against with a closed pipe system...


I didn't understand it either, but was guessing he meant the instability in the region.
Vendicar_Decarian
0.3 / 5 (39) Dec 08, 2011
Once Israel has been eradicated, the primary cause of regional instability will be gone.

I propose that the Israelis be moved to Easter Island or northern Canada.
Jamesjsheridan
5 / 5 (1) Dec 08, 2011
Israel / Jordan should use parabolic solar concentrators near Aqaba to generate enough heat on seawater to generate tons of steam. Allow the steam to rise to a point where an aqueduct can allow gravity draw the fresh water into the interior (perhaps all the way to the dead sea) Can anyone explain to me while parabolic solar concentration is not being used? If the unit was built just offshore and the heat applied directly the ocean via a heat conductor, allowing steam to rise above to a condensor there would be no need to remove the salt. This is a virtually energy neutral system.
freethinking
1.4 / 5 (9) Dec 11, 2011
Once the hate for Israel has been eradicated, the primary cause of regional instability will be gone. Once Muslims, especially Arab Muslims love their children more than they hate the jews, peace might have a chance. Once progressives learn history, embrace freedom with self control and get rid of their hate, there will be no progressives, just conservatives.

Merry Christmas
kochevnik
2 / 5 (6) Dec 11, 2011
I propose that the Israelis be moved to Easter Island or northern Canada.
In forming Israel with the Balfour declaration in secret collusion with England, the Rothschilds said they did no care where their Zionist nation were established, so long as it was. They were for a time considering territory in South America.

Once the hate for Israel has been eradicated, the primary cause of regional instability will be gone.
If you love bankster thugs, Nazi Pope and Israel so much why don't you do something productive like joining the Mossad? You need to get out there and start building that New World Order Hitler wrote about and Bush rejuvinated. Remember preparations are already underway for USA's next big bankruptcy blowout in 2071.

Happy solstace
freethinking
1.4 / 5 (10) Dec 11, 2011
kochevnik, I find it funny that Progressives say Conservatives are racist, anti-semitic, anti-environement, Hitler loving, hateful, anti-science, violent thugs.

Yet it is Progressives that gave banksters a bailout, supported Hitler, support OWS people who trash parks and deficate on the streets while harrassing school children, support terrorists who put explosives on their children back to murder inocent children, support racists like al sharpton, and on and on it goes.

Only fools or the ignorant believe anything progressives say anymore. For example I'm not jewish, I could care less what the Pope says, against the new world order, dispise Progressives of either the communists or nazi type. I judge a man/woman by their character.

Merry Christmas
Vendicar_Decarian
0.1 / 5 (36) Dec 11, 2011
Tards often laugh at the truth.

"kochevnik, I find it funny that Progressives say Conservatives are racist, anti-semitic, anti-environement, Hitler loving, hateful, anti-science, violent thugs." - FreeTard
Vendicar_Decarian
0.1 / 5 (36) Dec 11, 2011
Sorry Tard Boy, but TARP was a Bush Era program...

"Yet it is Progressives that gave banksters a bailout.." - FreeTard

So why do you feel a need to lie about it?

And where would America be without TARP? In year 2 of a 20 to 30 year long economic depression.

Apparently causing an economic depression is the Republican goal.
Vendicar_Decarian
0.1 / 5 (36) Dec 11, 2011
"Only fools or the ignorant believe anything progressives say anymore." - FreeTard

Planet Retard has spoken.

America clearly needs to return to it's Conservative borrow and spend roots.

I leave you with these wise words from the Republican previously in charge of U.S. Internet Regulation.

http://www.youtub...oQFa5ug8

Can't you just smell the intelligence?

Great tune by the way....
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (1) Dec 11, 2011
Salt flats would provide more area for exploding palestinian and fundamentalist israeli populations to occupy. And to fight over.

Let it dry, they need the land.

As to desalination, wouldnt it make more sense to do it on the coast and pump fresh water inland rather than piling up salt downstream? Of course it would.
Vendicar_Decarian
0.1 / 5 (36) Dec 11, 2011
The economics of the situation is simple. When the water runs out something else will be found to take it's place.

Resources after all are infinite according to the followers of Conservative Economic principles.
kochevnik
1.5 / 5 (4) Dec 11, 2011
supported Hitler
You get a lot of mileage out of that mantra, don't you? Never mind the fact that Hitler was a hardened Catholic, Himler was a Catholic SS priest, and they spoke the same ideology as you, and he wrote his second book New World Order. Sorry, you're not made of teflon. The Nazi stink precedes you.
freethinking
1.4 / 5 (9) Dec 12, 2011
Hitler was a Progressive Socialist. Come on Kochevnik, saying Hitler was a hardened Catholic is just plain stupid. But has Himler stated, say a lie often enough....

Nazi a member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party.

Kochevnik your anti semetism, your anti catholism, your anti every good institutionism, stinketh....

Merry Christmas.
FrankHerbert
1.9 / 5 (9) Dec 12, 2011
Hitler was a fascist.
Fascism opposes class-based identity and society, it is thus both anti-bourgeois and anti-proletarian; and individualist based identity and society. It is opposed to many ideologies, including conservatism, liberalism, and two major forms of socialism: communism and social democracy. It opposes a variety of economic, political and social systems, it is opposed to democracy, parliamentary systems, is anti-clerical, and holds a distinctive opposition to capitalism.

it is thus both anti-bourgeois and anti-proletarian

Anti-proletarian, do you understand that? If you don't let me know, I'll explain it.
It is opposed to many ideologies, including conservatism, liberalism, and two major forms of socialism: communism and social democracy.

Notice I didn't edit out conservatism.
and holds a distinctive opposition to capitalism.

Conservatives tend to define "opposition" to capitalism very dubiously. It's a rhetorical tactic for otherizing.
freethinking
1 / 5 (8) Dec 13, 2011
Progressives repeat lies and are incensed when people don't believe the lies.

Case in point DNC Chair denies that unemployment is up under Obama.

http://www.realcl...ama.html

Either she is lying or she is very ignorant.

Merry Christmas
FrankHerbert
2.8 / 5 (11) Dec 14, 2011
You are the one telling lies freethinking. Care to address the whopper you dished out above?

Hitler was a Progressive Socialist.

Hitler was a fascist. You are a liar.

Is your ideology so intellectually bankrupt you have to resort to reductio ad hitlerum?

Io, Saturnalia! ( The pagan holiday Christians stole and morphed into Christmas. http://en.wikiped...turnalia )
kochevnik
2.3 / 5 (3) Dec 15, 2011
Progressives repeat lies and are incensed when people don't believe the lies.
Case in point DNC Chair denies that unemployment is up under Obama.
You do realize, don't you, that strawmen are a logical fallacy? Perhaps you have some subconscious attraction to phalli? We're not judging you. That would be a xtian thing.

Merry solstice.
Vendicar_Decarian
0.3 / 5 (36) Dec 15, 2011
"Hitler was a Progressive Socialist." - FreeTard

Who just happened to hate socialism, and wage war on Communism.

Hitler Coopted the socialist movement in Germany, and your comments prove that you libertarian frauds are as ignorant about history as you are about Economics.
Vendicar_Decarian
0.3 / 5 (36) Dec 15, 2011
"Case in point DNC Chair denies that unemployment is up under Obama." - FreeTard

The DNC Chair is correct. U.S. unemployment spiked in Oct 2009 as a result of the Conservative economic policy failures of George Bush Jr. Since then - Under Obama unemployment has fallen to 8.6 percent.

http://www.google...amp;q=us unemployment rate

As the chart indicates, the decline has been reasonably steady while the increase 10.1 percent was pure Republican Poison.

kochevnik
2.3 / 5 (3) Dec 16, 2011
@freeofthinking Hitler was a Progressive Socialist. Come on Kochevnik, saying Hitler was a hardened Catholic is just plain stupid.
Nazi General Gerhard Engel reported in his diary that in 1941 Hitler stated, "I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so."

I guess you consider history "plain stupid."

Happy solstice.

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