Saving the Dead Sea

April 29, 2019

Desert & Water Research, Social Sciences & Humanities

PBS NOVA — The Dead Sea is dying. Since 1976, its level has dropped more than 100 feet, leaving its coastline pockmarked with thousands of sinkholes. But after more than a decade of research and debate, scientists, engineers and political leaders have come up with a daring plan: connect the Red Sea to the Dead Sea by way of a massive desalination plant.

BGU geochemist Prof. Jiwchar Ganor is one of those scientists who has been involved in studying the feasibility of this plan since the beginning. He is currently conducting experiments to determine what might happen when the Red Sea and Dead Sea are combined. Watch his interview starting at 8:46>>

Prof. Jiwchar Ganor

If the plan is successful, the project could not only revive the sea, but also help ease political tensions and water shortages in the region. NOVA follows this unprecedented endeavor—perhaps the world’s largest water chemistry experiment—as scientists race to save the Dead Sea and bring water to one of the driest regions on Earth. (Premiered April 24, 2019)