No the Dead Sea is not dying; it’s drying. Well, more like shrinking, by 3 feet each year.
The Dead Sea—the lowest point on Earth at roughly 1,300 feet below sea level—is known for its high salt and mineral content and allowing swimmers to float effortlessly on the surface. The amount of space available for easy floating is shrinking.
The good news is it will probably never dry up completely, the BBC said. As the water level drops, the sea’s density and saltiness rise. Eventually the rate of evaporation will reach a kind of equilibrium and it will stop shrinking.
Just because the Dead Sea is not going to disappear entirely, though, doesn’t mean its shrinking isn’t a concern.
Dead Sea drying: A new low-point for Earth
The Dead Sea is so rich in salt and other minerals that humans float naturally on the surface