Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Sea level clarification

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Here is a satellite image of Israel's two lakes.
The normal level of the Sea of Galilee is 209 meters below sea level. I should have said that in yesterday's post about the shrinking lake. It is in the Great Rift Valley, as is the Dead Sea. The surface of the Sea of Salt, as the Dead Sea is called in Hebrew, is 421 meters below sea level.

This fisherman sits on rocks that were under water last year near Tabgha and the Church of the Multiplication of Fishes and Loaves. We need another miracle now to refill the two lakes!

18 comments:

JC said...

Dina, I look forward to your post everyday even if I don't take time to comment. This one really helps me put into perspective where I'll be next week.

Some parts of the U.S. are having the same problems with drought and low lake levels while other parts are flooding. Last year there was a big fight between Georgia, Alabama & Florida over Georgia's threat to close dams to ke water from flowing into Alabama and Florida. The Federal courts ruled in Alabama and Florida's favor so the drinking waters continue to flow. We have received more rain this year but we are still many inches below normal.

Have a blessed and joyful day. JC

kjpweb said...

y complain about Oil - soon it will be water becoming a valuable and faught over commodity!
Cheers, Klaus

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Hello, Dina. Yes, it's become the yin/yang issue. Too much water in so many places, not enough in others. I think about our future generations, and I shudder! Petra

Leora said...

We visited both the Kinneret and the Dead Sea recently.

My son read a little essay in his 5th grade Hebrew class, comparing the two bodies of water, the Kinneret being full of life and giving life, and the Yam HaMelech taking life. Though we saw plenty of life at Ein Gedi last week!

Found your blog via ABC Wednesdays.

SandyCarlson said...

Bring on the miracles! I wish we could put our rain in barrels and send it your way, Dina!

The D in D & T said...

You've received an award :) Come over to collect it if you like.

Kris McCracken said...

If only there was somebody who could somehow manage to turn excess wine into water! ;)

Kay said...

This really is a worry. We talk about it all the time but I hope somebody comes up with a solution to help the situation.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Dina, you know we have the same problem in Cyprus! No rain in the region for several months now.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

water is becoming scarce all over the world - we need a miracle to save the environment!

ga.farmwoman said...

I understand all too well about shrinking water levels. We are still in a drought in Georgia. Our pond and well is very low again this summer.
I truly hope we all get the rain we need soon, and the ones having too much, it will ease up on them also.
Have a great day!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Hi Dina... sorry to hear about the shrinking water shortage... makes me very sad...
Here in the mountains the snow gives us plenty of fresh waters but some years that does not even produce enough and we even have to ration it out and the reservoirs can drop down considerably but it does not happen often... I pray that the Heaven's release rain soon so that the lakes and oceans and seas fill soon!

Dick said...

Oh my, 421 meters, unbelievable but I do believe you.
This must be one of the lowest places on Earth. Do you think the refill miracle will happen someday?

the donG said...

climate change is affecting a lot on our planet's resources. no wonder disasters comes in easily nowadays.

Catherine said...

We notice the concequences, but are unable to find a real, efficient means to reverse the process!
I get an award for you in my blog (see 9th July post) available to thank you for all these informations and interesting pictures concerning past present, and future : )

Dina said...

Thanks everyone, for sharing your own water situations and for your sympathy.

Dear D and Catherine, I was deeply moved at what you both wrote at your award awarding. If people come to love, or at least understand, Jerusalem a bit more through this blog, it makes me so happy! Thank you very much!

Tipper said...

Such an interesting and frightening issue. I hope you get the miracle!

Cergie said...

Hi Dina ! What a marvel living in a country having such a history : "the Church of the Multiplication of Fishes and Loaves !" I wouldlike so much coming and visit and be there a maybe at least three weeks such I was in California.

At the moment, in France, every body cry : "oh ! It is always raining, the sky is so grey !"
I believe it is a chance having water from the sky. We have enough sun too. Unhappily, when you look at a glass you can see it half empty or half full : we have the chance in France to don't live neither in a desert nor on a ice shelf !