Monday, August 09, 2010

Jewels of Jordan: Dead Sea

Salt crystals and the crystal clear water of the Dead Sea. Visited the Dead Sea twice during my trip.

Sunset over Israel and the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea with Israel in the background. Photo by Qusai.

The Dead Sea with Israel in the background. Photo by Qusai.

The Dead Sea resorts in Jordan

The borders of Jordan and Israel are separated by the Dead Sea

Photo by SkyJuice

Sunset over Israel and the Dead Sea. Photo by Qusai.

Photos by SkyJuice and Qusai Alazzam.
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The Dead Sea is 67 km long and 18 km wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River. The surface and shores are 422 m (1,385 ft) below sea level, the lowest elevation on the Earth's surface on dry land. The Dead Sea is 378 m (1,240 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. It is also one of the world's saltiest bodies of water, with 33.7% salinity. It is 8.6 times more salty than the ocean. This salinity makes for a harsh environment where animals cannot flourish, hence its name.

The unusually warm, incredibly buoyant and mineral–rich waters have attracted visitors since ancient times, including King Herod the Great and the Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra, all of whom have luxuriated in the Dead Sea’s rich, black, stimulating mud and floated effortlessly on their backs while soaking up the healthy minerals – chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium, bromine and several others. People from all over the world with all sorts of ailments come to the Dead Sea.

Nearby is the site of John the Baptist's settlement at Bethany beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was baptised.


Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Skyjuce:)

I am fascinated with this dead sea. It has great Biblical importance.It is amazing to read Cleopatra bathed in this dead sea.The photos are lovely. You were truly lucky to walk along this marvelous place and take photos. Many thanks for sharing.

Best wishes:)

SkyJuice said...

You're welcome, Joseph.

Best wishes in return. :-)

Thomas C B Chua said...

I had a dip in the Dead Sea while on a pilgrimage. It is really dead, lifeless and really salty. The water burns the eyes if uncovered with goggles.We had a good rub with the mud, too and found that our skin was rejuvenated, but only for a few days !!

SkyJuice said...

Had a dip too myself, but didn't immerse myself in the water completely as I didn't fancy the stickiness. Did you buy some Dead Sea products to bring home, Thomas?