Interesting facts regarding the Dead Sea

It is famous for being the lowest location (lake) on the planet (-420 m; at the present)

The saltiest body of water on Earth

Located in the deepest part of the Syrian-African Great Rift Valley

The Dead Sea is the terminal lake of River Jordan

The Dead Sea comprises 2 basins: the northern basin is the deepest (-713 B.S.L) whereas the southern basin is very shallow.

Known also by the names: Tongue lake and the Salt Sea

The Dead Sea level withdraws ,on average, 1 meter per year

Concentration of salts is up to 10 times higher than sea water, 34% compared to 3.5% in the sea /ocean

In addition to the salt, the Dead Sea water contains chlorine, bromine, sodium, potassium and magnesium providing many healing qualities

In the past, nobody believed that life could exist in the Dead Sea. Today we know for fact that Halophilic bacterium and algae lives in this tough environment

The curative properties of the Dead Sea have been recognized since the days of Herod the Great over 2000 years ago

The Dead Sea is 80 kilometres (50 miles) long, approximately 14 kilometres (9 miles) wide. The northern and larger part is very deep, reaching at one point a depth of 430m (1320 feet). The southern bay is, on the contrary, very shallow, averaging hardly a depth of 4m (13 feet).

Although sparsely populated and serenely quiet now, the Dead Sea area is believed to have been home to five Biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar



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