Shore-ing up the Dead Sea

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Swim­mers from around the world plunged into the salty waters of the Dead Sea yes­ter­day to at­tempt a seven-hour swim across the fa­bled lake in a bid to draw at­ten­tion to its en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion. Wearing pro­tec­tive masks and snorkels, 25 swim­mers pad­dled through the muddy wa­ter to at­tempt the 15km swim from Jor­dan to Is­rael. The Dead Sea, the low­est place on earth at 423m be­low sea level, has shrunk sig­nif­i­cantly over re­cent decades, a process en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists blame on un­sus­tain­able wa­ter man­age­ment and over-ex­ploita­tion of the lake’s min­er­als. “We’re here for the first ever Dead Sea swim chal­lenge with 25 swim­mers that come from all over the world to send out a clear mes­sage to save the Dead Sea,” said Mira Edel­stein, from the en­vi­ron­men­tal group EcoPeace.

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