Many anthropologists further their education and potential for advanced employment with a forensic science degree. That could be what Israel and Jordan just may need to save the Dead Sea in education in forensic sciences could be what Israel and Jordan just may need to save the Dead Sea (or what some Israelis call), the Salt Sea.
Over the past fifty plus years the Dead Sea, both a tourist attraction and environmental phenomenon has quickly continues to evaporate.
Just six months ago, when visiting Israel and the Dead Sea, after floating in its wonder, the Israeli tour-guide explained how different people, of all backgrounds, have come up with different possibilities to save the Dead Sea. She explained that one option was to mix water from the Red Sea into the Dead Sea, but that many people were contemplating this idea.
Mixing the two waters most likely would change the chemical composition of the water. So, whereas the Dead Sea could be preserved, visitors and residents could not float in the sea. None of us on the tour were scientists or engineers, but we all just knew that combining two different bodies of water could not be a good idea in the least bit.
Many Israeli and Jordan organizations oppose such an idea. Mr Abdul Rahman of Israel’s Friends of Earth has said “The fresh water that used to go to the sea is pumped to cities like Amman and that means that no more water is flowing downstream to the Dead Sea to support the wildlife along the Jordan River and its wadis and springs,” and wildlife would be further compromised with the change in the chemical composition of the Dead Sea’s water.
Even architects commissioned by the King of Jordan like Robert Booth have been employed to come up with enlightening ideas that would not ruin the chemical composition of the body or the ability of the community and its visitors to float. His plan is to construct a canal that runs from the Sinai dessert. The sea water would possibly be carried from the Gulf of Aqaba to replenish the Dead Sea.
According to the Sunday Times editorial, “a sequence of canals and pipelines would channel sea water down through…415 meters below sea level…” but how would that affect the Gulf of Aqaba.
Why not employ anthropologist with a forensics background that can really research the Dead Sea the way it is now, the way it was in subsequent years before, and how so many changes have happened. Currently, about seven percent of the original flow of water exists and the En Gedi island resort is about a mile away from the Dead Sea’s end. To make matters worse, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is compromising the search for the right idea to come to fruition.
While both the Israeli prime minister and Jordan president both agree to continue trying to save the Dead Sea, what bearing does such an agreement have, if no project can be decided upon and when science and anthology findings have neither been conducted nor considered. The only projects that Israel and Jordan have even remotely considered all will damage and/or change a component of the environment and affect wildlife no matter what. The cost involved in either of these projects has to be pretty darn expensive.
Forensic anthropologists and other research based professionals could have a better eye than professions looking to make a profit just for shear profit and what about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Call me crazy but nothing is going to get done unless these two sides settle their differences and think about more important things pertaining to their land and economies.