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Photo Essay: The Dead Sea, Living Waters and Megadrought

Thousands of years before Biblical times, during a period when temperatures were unusually high, the lands around the Dead Sea now occupied by Israel, Jordan and surrounding nations suffered droughts far worse than any recorded by humans.  Warming climate now threatens to return such conditions to this already hard-pressed region. Scientists from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and other institutions are trying to better understand the distant past, and prospects for the future.  (All photos: Kevin Krajick)  READ THE FULL SCIENTIFIC STORY

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