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December 24, 2011 - The Dead Sea

Dead Sea Before
Landsat 5
November 9, 1984
Dead Sea After
Landsat 7
November 28, 2011
Dead Sea Before
Dead Sea After
November 9, 1984 November 28, 2011
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The Dead Sea is located in the Jordan Rift Valley and borders Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank. These Landsat images show the change in the Dead Sea from 1984 to 2011. In recent decades, diversion of water from the Jordan River, the sea's main tributary, has caused the Dead Sea to shrink. Mineral evaporation ponds that have replaced open water in the southern part of the sea can be seen in the 2011 image. For more information, visit the Image of the Week section of the EROS Image Gallery.