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Dead Sea

     

Located in the Jordan Valley, the   Dead Sea is the remains of a giant inland lake. Lake Lisan was 200 kilometers   long and approximately 200 meters deeper than the current level of the Dead   Sea. As it contracted, it left Lake Tiberias and the Dead Sea, which at 405   meters below sea level is the lowest point on earth.

 

Near the northern end of the Sea,   the waters of the Jordan River trickle into the Baptism Site. Nearby are the   Mountains of Moab and Mount Nebo, where the prophet Moses first saw the   Promised Land, famously overlooking the Dead Sea. Mukawir, or Herod's Palace,   also has a spectacular view.

 

The salt content of the sea is 20%,   eight times the level of the world's oceans. This concentration contributes   to the amazing buoyancy of the water and is a legacy of years of evaporation.   The only life forms left in the Dead Sea are eleven species of bacteria. The   waters are rich in minerals, including calcium, magnesium, bromine, iodine,   and bitumen. All these have healing properties that can alleviate or ease   allergies, skin rashes, bronchial irritations or glandular conditions.

 

Visitors come from all over the   world to ease or cure their conditions at the medical treatment centers at   the Dead Sea. Even those suffering only from ennui can enjoy the high-quality   spas in the area. In addition, due the unique depth of its location, the   climate and quality of sunshine in the Dead Sea area is beneficial. Dead Sea   salts and mud are known worldwide for their healthful properties.

 

Visitors to the Dead Sea cannot   help but be impressed, whether their interests are piqued by the history of   the area, the dramatic location or the novelty of reading a newspaper while   floating in the water! There are many opportunities waiting to be explored   here. But for all the fun, the fragile beauty of the Dead Sea will haunt you,   calling you to return.