A pool of water positioned shut to the Dead Sea within the biblical area of Moab – modern-day Jordan – has mysteriously turned blood crimson.
Water from the crimson lagoon simply contained in the Jordanian border is being sampled by employees from Jordan’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation to decide the reason for the unsettling phenomenon which is as but unexplained.
The pictures have sparked a furore on social media, with blood crimson waters carrying a lot significance within the Old Testament as one of many 10 plagues God solid upon the Pharaoh of Egypt to free the Jews from slavery.
According to the biblical story, God turned the waters of the River Nile into blood, which killed the fish and prevented the Egyptians from ingesting the foul water, within the first of 10 plagues that got here because the Pharaoh’s punishment for refusing to free his Jewish slaves.
The jap shores of the Dead Sea where the blood crimson pond is positioned additionally occurs to be where the 2 legendary cities of Sodom and Gomorrah stood earlier than they had been supposedly destroyed by God for his or her ‘wickedness’.
A pool of water positioned shut to the Dead Sea within the biblical area of Moab – modern-day Jordan – has mysteriously turned blood crimson
Water from the crimson lagoon simply contained in the Jordanian border is being sampled by employees from Jordan’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation to decide the reason for the unsettling phenomenon which is as but unexplained
The jap shores of the Dead Sea where the blood crimson pond is positioned additionally occurs to be where the 2 legendary cities of Sodom and Gomorrah stood earlier than they had been supposedly destroyed by God for his or her ‘wickedness (pictured: Sodom and Gomorrah afire, by Jacob Jacobsz)
The story of Sodom and Gomorrah
Sodom and Gomorrah had been cities whose destruction by God for his or her ‘wickedness’ is referenced all through the Old and New Testament and the Koran.
In the Genesis account, God reveals to Abraham that Sodom and Gomorrah are to be destroyed for his or her grave sins.
Abraham pleads for the lives of righteous folks residing there, particularly the lives of his nephew, Lot, and his household.
God agrees to spare the cities if 10 righteous folks might be discovered inside them.
Finding solely Lot and his household as righteous among the many inhabitants, the angels warn Lot to rapidly evacuate the town and not look again.
God destroys the cities with sulfur and fireplace, however Lot’s spouse doesn’t comply with the angels’ orders.
She appears again upon the town and is changed into a pillar of salt.
The head of the Water and Agriculture Committee of the Al-Karak Council, Fathi Al-Huwaimel, stated that the authorities have been contacted to work on figuring out the supply of the water.
But though the reason for the mysterious crimson waters stays unknown for now in accordance to Jordan’s ministry spokesperson Omar Salameh, a number of theories have been posited as to why a lagoon remoted from contemporary water might out of the blue change color.
Director of Agriculture within the Southern Jordan Valley, Yassin al-Kasasbeh, advised Roya News that this phenomenon is present in ponds shut to seas due to the presence of a sure sort of a micro organism and crimson algae that love salinity, which adjustments its color with the presence of daylight.
But this doesn’t clarify why the water out of the blue turned crimson whereas different swimming pools haven’t displayed the identical phenomenon, significantly provided that the area experiences close to year-round sunny skies.
Other officers advised Israel Today that the presence of iron oxide within the water might account for the unusual color change, however once more didn’t give a proof as to how the iron oxide would have been launched to the pool, and why the color change occurred so quickly.
Meanwhile, Sakhr Al-Nusour, the top of the Jordanian Geologists Syndicate, advised the Al Ghad information that the crimson color might have been brought on by the addition of gear by people.
This viewpoint was shared by many Jordanians who accused the federal government of masking up a supply of air pollution or their use of the pool as a dumping floor for waste chemical substances.
As a big physique of salt water, the shores of the Dead Sea glitter with crystallized sodium chloride
The Dead Sea is a salt lake positioned within the Judean desert of southern Israel, bordered by Jordan to the East.
With its origin relationship again to some 4 million years in the past, it’s considered one of earth’s saltiest our bodies of water and is the bottom level on earth.
Its excessive stage of salinity – properly over 30% – means its waters are extremely wealthy in minerals and the well being advantages of bathing within the Dead Sea have lengthy been touted, although it’s so salty that the water can not assist marine life.
It has been discovered that folks with respiratory illnesses, equivalent to cystic fibrosis, have appeared to profit from elevated atmospheric strain within the area, whereas the temperature, humidity and water’s minerals make it an ideal surroundings to deal with pores and skin issues.
It’s additionally been instructed that Dead Sea mud pack remedy relieves ache in sufferers with osteoarthritis of the knees.
However, the Dead Sea has shrank dramatically lately, probably due to local weather change.
It is now roughly 31 miles lengthy and 9 miles extensive at its widest level, however it is estimated that the Dead Sea’s water stage has dropped by greater than 131ft because the Nineteen Fifties, and is now lowering by round two ft per 12 months.
Last 12 months, the Alexander River ran blood-red due to blood from slaughterhouses within the West Bank flowing into the river, in accordance to the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel.
Its excessive stage of salinity means its waters are extremely wealthy in minerals and the well being advantages of bathing within the Dead Sea have lengthy been touted, although it’s so salty that the water can not assist marine life
HISTORY OF THE DEAD SEA
The Dead Sea carries appreciable biblical and spiritual significance.
During the Biblical interval, completely different sects of Jews used to stay in caves close to the Dead Sea, most notably the Essesnes, who’re thought to have left the spectacular Dead Sea Scrolls within the caves of Qumran.
The scrolls are a set of greater than 25,000 historic manuscript fragments, amongst which might be discovered the oldest identified copies of books of the Hebrew Bible.
They had been first discovered within the Qumran Caves close to the Dead Sea in 1946 and their discovery was described by biologist Oded Rechavi of Israel’s Tel Aviv University as ‘probably the most necessary archaeological discoveries ever made’.
The scrolls at the moment are being painstakingly pieced again collectively by archaeologists.
The scrolls are a set of greater than 25,000 historic manuscript fragments, amongst which might be discovered the oldest identified copies of books of the Hebrew Bible. They had been first discovered within the Qumran Caves close to the Dead Sea in 1946
The Dead Sea Scrolls are being pieced again collectively utilizing DNA ‘fingerprints’ lifted from the animal skins on which they had been written some 2,000 years in the past. Pictured: a scroll fragment
Sodom and Gomorrah, the well-known cities talked about within the Book of Genesis, are believed to have been on the Dead Sea’s southeastern shore, whereas Ein Gedi, now a nature reserve close to the Dead Sea, is talked about within the Bible because the place where King David – the person who famously killed Goliath – hid from Saul.
Meanwhile, within the trendy period, scientists from Israel and Germany found in 2011 that the ground of the Dead Sea incorporates fissures which permit contemporary water to bubble up from under the ocean mattress.
Despite the water’s salinity making the surroundings inhospitable to marine life, many species of micro organism and archaea stay on the ocean flooring and feed off the minerals that stand up by the fissures, whereas the world’s atmospheric strain, heat and mineral wealthy water makes it a go-to vacation spot with legendary therapeutic qualities.