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Press Release 10-225

Air Above Dead Sea Contains Very High Levels of Oxidized Mercury

First such levels measured outside polar regions

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Photo of instruments for measuring atmospheric mercury on a balcony facing the Dead Sea.

Instruments for measuring atmospheric mercury are on a balcony facing the Dead Sea.

Credit: Daniel Obrist


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Photo of the west coast of the Dead Sea, Israel, at an elevation of 415 meters below sea level.

The west coast of the Dead Sea, Israel, at an elevation of 415 meters below sea level.

Credit: Daniel Obrist


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Photo of the view from the research site at Ein Bokek (southern Dead Sea), to the Jordanian side.

View from the research site at Ein Bokek at the southern Dead Sea, to the Jordanian side.

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Photo of the arid mountain ranges flanking the Dead Sea. They reach 1,000 meters above water level.

The Dead Sea is flanked by arid mountain ranges that reach 1,000 meters above water level.

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Photo of a scientist sampling Dead Sea water, which is some 12 times more saline than most seawater.

Sampling Dead Sea water, which is some 12 times more saline than most seawater.

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Sunset over the Dead Sea, as observed from Ein Bokek at the southern Dead Sea.

Sunset over the Dead Sea, as observed from Ein Bokek at the southern Dead Sea.

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