New project to create drinking water from the Red Sea will also boost shrinking Dead Sea

By William Booth, Howard Schneider, December 9, 2013

JERUSALEM — The Dead Sea has been rapidly disappearing for 50 years, one of the world’s natural wonders careening toward ecological collapse in a region more often focused on political conflict.

On Monday, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority agreed on an ambitious plan to begin refilling the ancient salt lake with briny water pumped from the Red Sea — and relieve local shortages of fresh water at the same time.

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