Our own Dead Sea Israel was a candidate for a position on the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. We didn’t make the top seven, but were very near and got world recognition which is very important.
The Dead Sea is called in Hebrew Yam Hamelach or the Sea of Salt. It is located between Jordan and Israel, being the east coast in Jordanian territory and to the west Israel.
It is known also by the names of Sea of the Arava, Sea of Sdom, Sea of Lot. The crusaders called it the Devil’s Sea. All the names reflect the nature of this very salty lake.
Kalia Beach on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea
It is located on the Syria African Rift and is the lowest point on Earth, more than 400 meters below sea level.
I remember when as a child we used to draw the maps of Israel, the Dead Sea was one long lake with a narrow area called the “tongue”.
Now this narrow area is dry and the Dead Sea Israel is divided into two well formed lakes the northern and southern parts. This is clearly seen on a Dead Sea Map.Click here to Share your Story
Getting the Mud Therapy on the Dead Sea Israel
Why is it called the Dead Sea?
The salinity of the lake is so high, actually one of the highest on the planet, that there is no possibility of marine life in its waters.
Its waters come from the Jordan River that ends on the northern corner of the sea and from little rain that falls during the year.
Also some springs and rivers flow into the sea. But no body of water flows “out” of the Dead Sea.
The high temperatures and the constant evaporation of the waters is what cause the concentration of salt and mineral in its waters.
Dead Sea Cosmetics
Since Biblical times it has been visited by many from the whole Mediterranean area.
Great people like King David, King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba and Cleopatra visited the Dead Sea or imported its minerals.
Products from the area have been used as cosmetics and herbal potions for centuries.
This is a tremendous industry that started here and today you may see the products in any store in America, Europe or Australia.
The curative qualities of these products are world known.
Daniel Hotel is one of the Best on the Dead Sea
Dead Sea Israel Hotels
The shores of the sea are covered by many Spa Resort Hotels serving the area. Tourist with skin diseases flock here from every corner of the world for treatment to their illnesses.
All Dead Sea hotels have spa facilities to cater to these clients. Treatments have been helping patients for years and many tour operators dedicate themselves to organize this kind of tours.
Dead Sea Minerals
On the southwest side of the sea around 1500 employees of the Dead Sea Works harvest the important minerals from the waters. The number one in importance is Potash and it is mainly used in the production of fertilizers
Dead Sea Swimming
It is an experience by itself. The moment you try to swim you notice that you are floating without any effort. The density of the salt and minerals in the waters makes it dense and thick providing a surface to float. One recommendation, beware of little cuts, it burns like hell. Go out and run to the nearest fresh water shower provided near the beaches.
Sun tanning in the Dead Sea
You’ll be surprised to find out that you may not need a sun tan lotion. Being over 400 meters below sea level the amount of atmosphere covering the area is 400 meters more that in a regular beach, therefore the ultra violet rays do not penetrate this extra layer and your skin is protected when you are sun tanning.
The Pool Area of the Meridien Hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea Israel
Dead Sea Attractions
Dead Sea Scrolls– In the ancient settlement of Qumran, the set of texts of extreme great importance were found. They are written in papyrus and parchment. The texts are mainly in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek and are kept on the Shrine of the Book in the Israel Museum Jerusalem.
There are many reasons to visit the Dead Sea Israel. It is worth making a hotel reservation and staying a few days. It is just an hour and a half from Jerusalem as you go down from 800 meters above to 400 meters below sea level.
dead sea ein bokek by xta 11
dead sea kalia by darko repert
dead sea mud salt by xta 11
masada 1 by mark a. wilson
The hotels images are courtesy of the hotelsThe rest are courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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