Saturday, December 29, 2012
Dead Sea between Israel & Jordan
The Dead Sea is also known as the Sea of Salt. This massive salt lake is spread between Israel and the West Bank to the west and Jordan on the east. The Dead Sea is 1,385 feet below sea level. It is said that the shores of the salt lake are the lowest on earth.
The Dead Sea is 1,240 feet deep, which makes it the deepest hyper saline lake in the world. The total salinity content is 33.7 percent. Because of its high salinity content, fish and vegetation does not thrive, it does not exist at all, thus its name. The Dead sea is eight times saltier than the other oceans and it is 67 kilometer long and 18 kilometer wide. The main tributary of the sea is the Jordan River as it lies in the Jordan Rift Valley.
Visitors from all over the world come to the Dead Sea, especially those who come from the Mediterranean basin. Over thousands of years, visitors have been visiting this grand sea. Historically speaking, the place was a refugee camp for King David. The Dead Sea is also considered to be the first health resort in the world as it supplies a variety of products likes potash for fertilizers and balms. Moreover, the salt from the sea is used to create cosmetic and herbal packets.
The Dead Sea is not polluted and experiences sunny skies and dry air all year round. The place has become famous for its therapeutic qualities. Some of them are the Climatotherapy, Heliotherapy (which is harnessing the positive biological effects of the suns radiation) and the Thalassotherapy (which mean bathing in the sea water.)