Should we build the dam ?
The Wadi Mujib canyon is very young in geological
terms, cutting into the Jordanian plateau to a depth of 700 m during
the Quaternary period. The canyon walls have been overgrazed and
severely degraded by a variety of geomorphological processes. This
makes them very sensitive to landslides. The construction of a dam
will not have a favourable influence on this.
In addition, the many archaeological finds in the region bear witness
to a rich historical past. Many of these sites could be lost as
a result of building the projected dam.
Before starting work on the dam it is important to find out exactly
what impact it would have on the environment.