Saturday, November 20, 2010

MidEast Cooperation behind the headlines

Scientists Dig Below Dead Sea to Probe Earth's History

An international team of scientists has begun drilling deep below the Dead Sea [pictured] in an effort to extract material that could provide an unusual look at Earth's history over the past 500,000 years.

The project aims to examine the layers of sediment left behind beneath the lowest place on Earth over the course of millions of years, providing clues about shifting weather patterns, seismic activity and climate change.

The governments of Israel and Jordan as well as the Palestinian Authority are co-operating with the project.

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