Tourists shower at a Dead Sea resort to remove salt water from their skin. The Dead Sea, which borders Israel, Jordan and the West Bank, is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. People flock to it for its healing properties, but it's shrinking at an alarming rate.
The Dead Sea, which is actually a salt lake, is shrinking at about 3.3 feet per year, according to environmentalists.
Because the water level has dropped, one lakeside resort, built in the mid-1980s, now has to shuttle guests to the shore.
Tourists relax on plastic chairs inside the lake.
The Jordanian coast is seen from the Israeli side of the Dead Sea.
A tourist poses for his girlfriend in Dead Sea mud. The lake's minerals have been hailed for their therapeutic properties and can often be found in cosmetics and other consumer products.
Ein Bokek is a hotel and resort district on the Israeli side of the lake.
Tourists come out of the Jordan River. The Dead Sea needs water from the other natural sources surrounding it, such as the Jordan River basin, but now the river arrives at the Dead Sea only as a small brown trickle, said photographer Moritz Küstner.
Overnight, a sinkhole destroyed this camping space in Israel. Thousands of sinkholes have emerged on the Israeli side of the Dead Sea since the 1990s, Küstner said.
Mud-covered tourists walk on the Israeli side of the lake.
Last year, Israel and Jordan signed a $900 million deal in an effort to stabilize the Dead Sea's water levels.
A banana plantation beside the Jordan River.
Flowers grow -- with a little man-made help -- at the Ein Bokek resort.
Tourists stand in the water near Ein Bokek.