The Dead Sea - A live pool of chemicals

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The Dead Sea has been a source of chemicals since ancient times. Large scale production of potash by solar evaporation started in 1931 and today the Dead Sea is intensively exploited by Israel and Jordan as a major source of potash, bromine, and magnesium, for agriculture and the chemical and automotive industries. A smart coupling of solar evaporation and knowledge of the complex phase diagram allows a one-to-one easy separation of the principal salts present in the brine. A description of the properties of the Dead Sea is provided together with a chemical engineering analysis of the processes used to realize its commercial potential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-87
Number of pages9
JournalIndian Journal of Chemical Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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