/ Sinkhole , Dead Sea , south Israel .

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© Avidar Maxime - Sinkhole , Dead Sea , south Israel .
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Posted: 15 January 2013, 23:48
According to Geological Survey of Israel, several hundred sinkholes appear every year, some as large as 12 meters in diameter and 20 meters deep. They have ruined some of Kibbutz Ein Gedi's tourism facilities and threaten Route 90, the main road along the Dead Sea. In addition, they can be dangerous, if someone falls into one (which has happened at the Dead Sea ).

Researchers have been trying to improve the ability to predict when sinkholes will appear, in order to reduce the danger they can pose. The research team includes Dr. Gideon Baer of the Geological Survey of Israel; doctoral student Ran Nof; Prof. Yehuda Eyal of Ben-Gurion University; and Dr. Alon Ziv of Tel Aviv University. They were assisted by Dr. Eli Raz of Kibbutz Ein Gedi in the Dead Sea area, who is conducting an ongoing survey of the development of the sinkholes.
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