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Dead Sea once went dry

Holy Land’s salt lake ran out of water during ancient warm spell

12:47pm, December 7, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO — The Dead Sea died once. During a warm period long ago it dried up completely, new evidence reveals.

That’s bad news for the lake today. It’s been shrinking for decades and may be about to die again.

“The lake may actually go dry soon,” Emi Ito of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis said December 5 at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Ito and colleagues examined lake bed cores dug up by the Dead Sea Deep Drilling Project. Sediments in these cores, deposited over 200,000 years, record the history of the lake.

In theory, the supersalty Dead Sea should be protected against completely drying up; salt i

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