Fresh cores taken from the bottom of the Dea Sea indicate it fluctuated wildly for tens of thousands of years and may have dried up once or twice along the way:
(ScienceDaily) Directed by Prof. Zvi Ben-Avraham of TAU’s Minerva Dead Sea Research Center and Prof. Mordechai Stein of the Geological Survey of Israel, researchers drilled 460 meters beneath the sea floor and extracted sediments spanning 200,000 years. The material recovered revealed the region’s past climatic conditions and may allow researchers to forecast future changes.Layers of salt indicated several periods of dryness and very little rainfall, causing water to recede and salt to gather at the center of the lake. During the last interglacial period, approximately 120,000 years ago, the sea came close to drying up entirely, the researchers found, with another period of extreme dryness taking place about 13,000 years ago.
That last one fits like a glove with the Younger Dryas stadial, a time of jagged climate shifts that kicked off the gentle Holocene Epoch we all know and love. But no one dare speak of climate change!
It also puts the history of a beloved Old Testament icon well outside the boundary of recent special creation our young earth friends know and love even more. They so adore it that they cannot help but feel bewildered when others do not. For they so loved their ill begotten cosmogony that they sacrificed their only remaining brain cell in its name and now demand it be taught as fact by science and history teachers with a straight face. Their admiration for all the right things supernatural is profound, so deep, so incapacitating that not only have they fallen head over heels, enraptured, arms outstretched and tasting spiritual embrace into a pit of irrevocable ignorance, they genuinely cannot fathom why the whole world does not gleefully dive in with them.