The Dead Sea is dieing and the River Jordan becoming a small stream

The shores of the Dead Sea are the lowest part of dry land on this planet. The sea itself has no life, apart from some forms of bacteria that can live in its salinity. Salt constitutes about a third of its water content and as a result the Dead Sea is buoyant. When I was young, fifty years ago, I saw pictures of people reading newspapers while effortlessly being kept afloat in the Dead Sea by its high salt content. I resolved to see if it really worked when i visited the Dead Sea, so when I finally did I borrowed an Italian newspaper from a friendly Italian and had my photo taken in the classic pose. Continue reading