Braving the Dead Sea

Athletes and eco-activists swim across the Dead Sea, the first people to thrash their way over a body of water so salty that it poisons anyone who drinks it. [15 photos total]

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Environmental activists take part in "The Dead Sea Swim Challenge", swimming from the Jordanian to Israeli shore, to draw attention to the ecological threats facing the Dead Sea, in Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel. (REUTERS/Nir Elias) #
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Mineral deposits can be seen at the shore of the dead sea near Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel. (REUTERS/Nir Elias) #
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An environmental activist adjusts his mask while taking part in "The Dead Sea Swim Challenge" in Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel. (REUTERS/Nir Elias) #
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Environmental activists take part in "The Dead Sea Swim Challenge" in Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel. REUTERS/Nir Elias (REUTERS/Nir Elias) #
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An environmental activist takes part in "The Dead Sea Swim Challenge" in Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel. REUTERS/Nir Elias (REUTERS/Nir Elias) #
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A life-guard tower can be seen at the shore of the dead sea in the closed bathing beach of Mineral near in Kibbutz Mizpe Shalem, West Bank. (REUTERS/Nir Elias) #
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A general view shows the shore of the Dead Sea while environmental activists take part in "The Dead Sea Swim Challenge" in Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel. (REUTERS/Nir Elias) #
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Environmental activists react after they finish "The Dead Sea Swim Challenge" in Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel. (REUTERS/Nir Elias) #
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A research boat is seen on the dead sea while environmental activists take part in "The Dead Sea Swim Challenge" in Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel. (REUTERS/Nir Elias) #
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Environmental activists take part in "The Dead Sea Swim Challenge" in Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel. (REUTERS/Nir Elias) #
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Environmental activists take part in "The Dead Sea Swim Challenge" in Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel. (REUTERS/Nir Elias) #
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An environmental activist washes her face while taking part in "The Dead Sea Swim Challenge" in Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel. (REUTERS/Nir Elias) #
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A man sits in a hot spring at the shore of the dead sea near Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel. (REUTERS/Nir Elias) #
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Environmental activists cheer each other as they finish "The Dead Sea Swim Challenge" in Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel. (REUTERS/Nir Elias) #
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Environmental activists wash themselves after they finish "The Dead Sea Swim Challenge" in Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel. (REUTERS/Nir Elias) #

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