From: Associated Press
Published January 9, 2007 12:00 AM

Dead Sea Plight Spurs Bike Rally

JERUSALEM -- Several hundred cyclists are expected to take part in a ride around the Dead Sea in Israel, according to the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.


The Jan. 27 event is designed to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the Dead Sea, which is shrinking. The sea contains the saltiest water in the world at the lowest point on Earth, about 1,200 feet below sea level, and its water levels have fallen about three feet a year in the past 20 years.


In December, a Jordanian official announced that a study is now under way to look at the environmental and social consequences of building a canal to transfer water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea.


Geological experts warn that the Dead Sea will disappear in 50 years if current trends persist.


Registration details for the bike rally are at http://www.zimuk.co.il/event_2.asp?event_id19&langeng.


Source: Associated Press


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