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Salt crystal formations cover the surface of Dead Sea on the shores of the Dead Sea, southern Israel. The inland sea which separates between Israel and Jordan is retreating by about a meter a year as the two countries divert almost 90% of the Jordan River waters that for thousands of years fed the mineral-rich sea. Potash and other mineral factories in both countries say they are only responsible for not more than one fifth of the water's disappearance. Photo by Quique Kierszenbaum