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In this last image for 2018, Proba-V takes a peak at the Dead Sea, on the border of Israel, Jordan and the West Bank, with the cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem (grey) to the west.

The Sea's high salt levels make for a harsh environment for fish and large plants to live in and makes swimming more like floating. The many health resorts and mineral extraction, as shown by the ponds in the south, demonstrate its economic value.

However, images from space show an environmental concern: the Dead Sea's declining water level. To curb this, 2018 marked the start of the first phase in the construction of the Red Sea – Dead Sea Water Conveyance (conduit).

A clear example of international cooperation to improve the supply of drinking water to the people in these dry areas of Jordan, Israel and the nearby Palestinian territories in coming years. And, since its early days, known as a symbol for peace in the Middle East.

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© ESA-BELSPO 2018, produced by VITO
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Discover more about our planet with the Earth from Space video programme. Join ESA every Friday at 10:00 CEST for an 800 km-high tour with spectacular images from Earth-observing satellites.

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The Earth Watching project is an ESA/ESRIN service to help local authorities and to promote the benefits of remote sensing data during emergencies, sending images and articles to newspapers, magazines and TV stations.

The Earth Watching website features not only imagery of natural disasters, but also promotes various satellite remote sensing applications through images and articles. Some examples are shown in the special events part of the website.

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