These are smokestacks that release waste by-products into the air from the water desalination plants here in Jeddah. They are situated along the Red Sea and process the sea water, ridding it of the salt. There are about 18 desalination plants located on the Red Sea, which is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. There are several reasons for this. Evaporation occurs at a very high rate and there is not much in the way of rainfall to replenish the evaporated water. Another cause is that there are not many flowing bodies of water that empty into the Red Sea. Water is a very precious commodity in the area, not only for the inhabitants of the region but for industry as well. The oil industry uses large amounts of water during its processes for cooling. The Red Sea is in danger of losing much of its natural marine life and habitat from pollutants introduced back into the water once industry is finished with it.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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