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Cores reveal Dead Sea dry-down

Sediments drilled from beneath the Dead Sea reveal that this most remarkable of water bodies all but disappeared 120,000 years ago.

It is a discovery of high concern say scientists because it demonstrates just how dry the Middle East can become during Earth's warm phases.

In such ancient times, few if any humans were living around the Dead Sea. Today, its feed waters are intercepted by large populations and the lake level is declining rapidly.

Prof Zvi Ben-Avraham explained to Jonathan Amos how the drilling project was put together.

  • 06 Dec 2011
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