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Insight: Israel seeks early re-tender of mining rights to shore up Dead Sea

Reuters  |  EIN BOKEK, Israel 

By Ari RabinovitchEIN BOKEK, Israel (Reuters) - The Dead Sea is shrinking at the rate of about a meter a year, leaving behind deserted beaches and sinkholes in a slow-motion environmental disaster. The main culprit is the drying up of the Jordan river, its main tributary, as communities upstream draw on it for farming and drinking. But mineral extraction makes the crisis worse - of the 700-800 million cubic meters of water lost each year, 250-350 million cubic meters is due to mining, Israel estimates.Up to now, the Israeli government has rarely intervened in the operations of the biggest ...

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 19:25 IST