Located at 430 meters BELOW sea level, the Dead Sea is the one of the lowest points on Earth. But you knew that.
One does not go swimming in the Dead Sea, one just floats. But you knew that one as well!
With 33.7% salinity, the Dead Sea is one of the saltiest water bodies on the planet. You knew that too, already?!
Well then, here are 8 facts about the Dead Sea we bet you did not know! Maybe they will leave you amazed… maybe they will impress you so much that you will head over to Jordan to take a dip in the Dead Sea immediately!
8 facts about the Dead Sea we’re sure you did not know!
1. The Dead Sea is old. Like, really old. It is more than 3 million years old!
2. Despite being called the Dead SEA, the water body is actually a hyper-saline lake and not a sea!
3. Unfortunately, the Dead Sea is disappearing at an alarming rate.
Back in 1930, the lake’s surface area was 1,050 km². Today, it is just 605 km². The good news, however, is that the governments of Jordan and Israel are now undertaking conservation efforts in order to save the lake before it becomes a thing of the past.
4. The water, salt and mud of the Dead Sea is high in minerals with many health benefits
The lake’s water, along with its mineral rich sediment is used in the treatment of cellulite, psoriasis, acne and many other skin ailments.
5. Due to its healing and rejuvenating powers, the Dead Sea is probably the oldest spa in the world!
Legend goes that Cleopatra, the last ruler of the Kingdom of Egypt, used to use the waters and mud from the Dead Sea as part of her beauty regime.
6. The Dead Sea sits on top of the Dead Sea Rift
The Dead Sea Rift (Dead Sea Transform fault system) which is a tectonic fault system is located between the African and Arabian plates.
7. No need to pack your sunscreen for a trip to the Dead Sea!
Since it is located at such a low point, the UV rays of the sun are weaker around the Dead Sea, making it harder to get sun tanned or sun burnt.
8. There’s a reason why it is called the DEAD Sea – due to its high salt content, no living forms can survive in its waters!
The Dead Sea has no fish, no seaweed, no living organism in it. However, in the year 2010, marine microbiologists found a new species of bacteria living in the craters at the bottom of the Dead Sea.
Inspired to take a dip in the Dead Sea immediately?! This awesome Jordan holiday package will suite you just fine. A word of caution – don’t even attempt to drink the water from the Dead Sea, unless you want to have a foul aftertaste for a long time!
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