The Dead Sea is one of the most unique bodies of water in the world. Unfortunately, the sea is dramatically shrinking. CBS News investigates why.
Situated between Jordan and Israel, the Dead Sea is so salty that no fish or plants live in its waters. The sea’s water is eight times saltier than ocean water. The salt and other minerals make the water so dense, that the sea is the easiest place in the world to stay afloat. However, the sea is in trouble. In the past, the waters of the Jordan River have amply feed the Dead Sea. Yet over many years, the river’s waters have been diverted to Syria, Israel, and Jordan for irrigation purposes. The waters are receding about a yard a year, leaving massive, dangerous sinkholes behind.