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Environmental Science: New life for the Dead Sea?

A conduit from the Red Sea could restore the disappearing Dead Sea and slake the region's thirst. But such a massive engineering project could have untold effects, reports Josie Glausiusz.

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Josie Glausiusz is a freelance journalist in New York City.

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Glausiusz, J. Environmental Science: New life for the Dead Sea?. Nature 464, 1118–1120 (2010).

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