B020 MICROGRAVITY AND MICROMAGNETIC SOLUTION FOR DEAD SEA SINKHOLES PROBLEM Introduction May 2004 1 Near Surface 2005 — Palermo Italy 4 - 7 September 2005 M. RYBAKOV Geophysical Institute of Israel P .O. Box 182 Lod 71100 Israel [email protected] Sinkholes—large open holes that result from the earth simply collapsing—are a serious environmental problem and hazard around the Dead Sea (Figures 1 and 2). It seems that ground collapse is directly associated to the fast drop of Dead Sea level during the last decades. That accelerated a groundwater circulation and produced subsurface hollows due to the dissolution of a buried salt


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