Dead Sea researchers are celebrating what they’re calling a turning point in their quest to unravel the mysteries surrounding the body of water.
On Thursday, Dr. Karin Udry, who directs the University of Arizona’s Dead Sea Research Center, announced at a news conference that evidence from over 1,000 frozen photographs taken from the beginning of 2018 reveal the landscape of the Dead Sea is changing rapidly.
Coincidentally, the news conference was held three days after a Facebook user shared a slew of large-scale nude photos that had been taken from the Dead Sea. The photographs were posted at the Dead Sea Research Organization’s Facebook page, located at karinUDRY-SR. The images drew sharp criticism from former Dead Sea employees, who took issue with management’s lack of proper labeling.
“How can the dead ocean exist in a post-occupation, dictatorship country?” asks a former Dead Sea scientist, Ivan Brdanec, in a post on the DI’s Facebook page. “Sooner or later, we’ll [realize] that this [adventure] will become more urgent,” said Geran Velochav, the DI’s resident historian of the Dead Sea.
Though the evidence proving changes in the landscape of the Dead Sea takes some convincing, researchers are optimistic that their findings will move beyond a first step toward re-creating a “world under water.”