Imaggeo On Monday: Geoscientific selfie at the Dead Sea

Imaggeo On Monday: Geoscientific selfie at the Dead Sea

This is an aerial image taken from a balloon at around 150m height, at the eastern shoreline of the Dead Sea. Such “selfies” are scientifically valuable, providing important data that help researchers to analyze the morphology of the retreating lake and investigate associated hazards like sinkholes, subsidence and landslides. The older shorelines, visible as lines on the shore stand for a period of one year, and form fascinating structures along the salt rich, and hence whitish in colour, coast. The line tethered to the balloon can be seen on the left side of this image.


Description by Djamil Al-Halbouni, as originally posted on


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