Articles | Volume 23, issue 4
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 2111–2127, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-2111-2019

Special issue: Environmental changes and hazards in the Dead Sea region (NHESS/ACP/HESS/SE...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 2111–2127, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-2111-2019

Research article 26 Apr 2019

Research article | 26 Apr 2019

Exposure of tourism development to salt karst hazards along the Jordanian Dead Sea shore

Najib Abou Karaki et al.

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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (05 Feb 2019) by Christian Siebert
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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (18 Feb 2019) by Christian Siebert
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ED: Publish as is (10 Apr 2019) by Christian Siebert
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Short summary
The Dead Sea shore is a unique salt karst system. Development began in the 1960s, when the water resources that used to feed the Dead Sea were diverted. The water level is falling at more than 1 m yr−1, causing a hydrostatic disequilibrium between the underground fresh water and the base level. Despite these conditions, tourism development projects have flourished. Here, we show that a 10 km long strip of coast that encompasses several resorts is exposed to subsidence, sinkholes and landslides.