Environmentalists in Jordan are warning that the Dead Sea will disappear by the year 2050 if its level continues to drop at the current rate. Friends of the Earth (Middle East) has stepped up a campaign to try to save the world?s saltiest body of water. The group is running a photo competition to draw attention to the threat facing the lake, which is home to several rare species of plant and wildlife.
The Dead Sea is unique. You can float in it, it is renowned for its health-giving properties and it?s a major tourist draw on both its Israeli and Jordanian sides. But the Dead Sea is now dying as the water that used to feed it is diverted for industry, agriculture and domestic use in both Israel and Jordan.