Particulate Properties of the Dead Sea by the Physical Optics Method
Team Member: Derrick Griffin
Team Mentor: Lenoid Sokoletzky

Key Words: Excel, Attenuation, Absorption, Scattering, Backscattering

It is a well-known fact that the Dead Sea located in Jordan, Israel is one of the saltiest lakes in the world, whose salinity is approximately 30%. Such a huge salinity makes it almost biologically lifeless. However this lake contains large quantities of different minerals and some quantity of dissolved organic matter. Minerals of the Dead Sea are important for medicinal and cosmetics purposes. Unfortunately, the Dead Sea is slowly drying up and soon it will no longer be around in years to come. We can help preserve the Dead Sea and it’s important that we use its wealth more rationally to prevent or delay its death. Thus it is imperative that we find answers to the following questions: Which minerals are exactly dispersed within the water? What are the minerals concentration and their vertical and horizontal space distribution? We must find if this solution is unique and stable?

Undergraduate Research Experience in Ocean, Marine, and Polar Sciences 2010