The ancient, aptly named lake is shrinking at an alarming rate.
Satellite images show the Dead Sea shrink from 1972 to 2011. (Photos: NASA)
The Dead Sea earned its name not from death exactly, but from a relative lack of life. That’s because, as a hypersaline lake, its water is far too salty for most wildlife to live there full-time (aside from recently discovered microbes on its seafloor).
But as the satellite images above illustrate, the Dead Sea itself has been gradually dying for decades. The trio of false-color images were taken at three points over the past 40 years — 1972, 1989 and 2011 — and reveal a dramatic transformation. Read more.