In a remote part of Death Valley, there is a little known oasis maintained through volunteer efforts of those who visit. Saline hot springs is one of the most idyllic places I've ever visited and it's more than worth the hours on washboard roads and high risk of flat tires. Bats are the motif there and they can be found all over the upper and lower springs, as well as on this sign that marks an end to the journey out there.
Since the beginning of the 19th century, the #MiddleEast witnessed crucial geopolitical changes that transformed the region for a century to come. It slipped away from the fists of the #Ottoman Empire, only to fall into the hands of British-French #colonialism. Earning its independence years later, it was reconstructed, mapped, and divided into small statelets which currently form the new, contemporary, Middle East.
Infertile Crescent describes the reality of what was once called the cradle of civilization, once called "Fertile", the crescent is burning in turmoil. Jordan seems to be the only country that remains relatively stable, receiving refugees instead. As the Syrian crisis enters its 7th year, Jordan reaches a staggering second place in #waterscarcity, which brings to light the controversial Red-Dead sea conveyance project between #Jordan, #Israel and #Palestine.
A 180 km #pipeline carrying water from the #RedSea to the #DeadSea is to operate in #2020: A project which is said to provide much-needed water and save the shrinking Dead Sea. #Ecological concerns of disruption in the Dead Sea's natural eco-system echoes voices of a new era, where a vast regional economic project is openly implemented with Israel, creating a moderate #Arab axis.
This project aims to explore the route of the salvation pipeline by tracing the places it will cross. Among ancient legends of the Dead Sea, where farmers dance around sinkholes of thistle and oases of potash, along the valley of peace and a desert yearning the Sea. An old wives tale, on the construction of a pipeline, where a geologist and a village idiot agree: The next war is a water war.