The Dead Sea: Deepening of the mixolimnion signifies the overture to overturn of the water column

I. Steinhorn, G. Assaf, J. R. Gat, A. Nishry, A. Nissenbaum, M. Stiller, M. Beyth, D. Neev, R. Garber, G. M. Friedman, W. Weiss

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Abstract

Throttling of freshwater inputs into the meromictic Dead Sea weakened the long-term stability of the water column. Between 1975 and 1978 successive deepenings of the pycnocline from 70 meters to beyond 200 meters were recorded. Complete overturn finally took place during the winter of 1978-1979. This unique process was accompanied by changes in the geochemistry of several components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-57
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume206
Issue number4414
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1979
Externally publishedYes

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