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PhotoBlog: Holiday calendar: Dead Sea demise?

The Dead Sea is at ground zero for the biblical past — and perhaps for the Middle East's environmental future as well. Full story

Could the Dead Sea Completely Vanish?

SAN FRANCISCO — Water levels in the Dead Sea have been dropping over the last few years as towns and villages in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria suck up run-off water that would normally fill the extra-salty lake. But new research finds that even in periods without human pressures, the Full story

Dead Sea not so dead, divers discover

For the first time, researchers have sent a diving expedition into the Dead Sea, where they uncovered freshwater springs issuing from massive craters in the seafloor, along with a menagerie of microbes. Full story

1,000 strip for Dead Sea nude shoot

   More than 1,000 people took it all off in a mass nude photo shoot for photographer Spencer Tunick, who has gained fame for his nude group photos in public spaces around the world. NBC's Alex Witt reports.

Dead Sea both shrinking and flooding

The Dead Sea's water level is dropping nearly 4 feet a year. Less well known: Part of the lake is actually overflowing, threatening one of Israel's key tourism destinations. Full story

Resurrecting the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea has been drying up at a dramatic rate in recent decades as a result mostly of human demands for water. But instead of letting the historic body of water continue to disappear, some scientists are getting increasingly serious about trying to save it. Full story

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