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Swimmers cross Dead Sea to highlight plight

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>> It may be a picture of calm, but this water is so salty that it would poison anyone who drank it. The Dead Sea mentioned in the Bible sits at the lowest point on Earth, and these athletes and eco-activists are the first people to swim across it.>> We're swimming in order to save the sea.
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We're probably the last generation that can save it, and if we won't do it now, in 2050 it will all be gone.>> The body of water bordered by Israel, Jordan, and the occupied West Bank, is rapidly disappearing, shrinking by a third in the last 30 years. Around ten times saltier than the regular sea, it allows you to float on the surface.
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The 28 swimmers from around the world wore snorkels and face masks to stop the water from touching their eyes or entering their lungs during the 15 kilometer crawl.>> Yeah, the that have been done, it's very salty. Environmental group EcoPeace Middle East blames Israeli and Jordanian mining and the diversion by Israel, Jordan, and Syria of Jordan River water that feeds into the lake.
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They hope this dangerous stunt will prompt governments to save a natural wonder.