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Why the Dead Sea Is Unique

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Visiting the Dead Sea—a famous land-locked lake—is a very cool thing to do. Even if you can’t swim, you can float on the water’s surface.

What makes the Dead Sea so unusual? Here are a few interesting facts about this place:

Where Is It?

The Dead Sea borders Jordan (on the east) and Israel and the West Bank (on the west). It is the lowest point on earth. Not far from Jerusalem, it is at the edge of the Judean Desert (which means it’s in a very hot region). It is at the foot of a cliff known as Ha-He'etekim.

How Was It Formed?

The Dead Sea came into being when the Earth’s crust was stretched. This happened when a rift was formed (like the “Great Rift Valley” in Africa). National Geographic tells us that “a rift valley is a lowland region formed by the interaction of Earth's tectonic plates.

What Is Another Name for It?

The Dead Sea is also known as “The Salt Sea.”

Is It Still Sinking?

Yes - scientists believe that the Dead Sea is likely sinking more with each passing year.

How Low Is Low (When It Comes to the Dead Sea)?

Low—like more than 1300 feet below sea level. At its deepest point, the Dea Sea is more than 2,300 feet below sea level.

Does the Dead Sea Have Healing Powers?

Because of its high mineral content, the waters of the Dead Sea seem to help people with various health ailments, such as: arthritic joint problems; respiratory problems; chronic skin conditions (including acne, psoriasis and cellulite). Low UV rays (emanating from the Sun) and bromide (in the air) contribute to healing processes.

How Salty is the Dead Sea?

The Dead Sea is very salty—about 32%.

What Makes the Dead Sea a Great Mud Bath?

People use deposits of black mud, which come directly from the Dead Sea’s floor, to benefit their skin. The mud has high contents of calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium—all of which are great for human skin. People slather mud on their bodies, let it harden, then rinse it off in the sea. It’s like a natural spa. In fact, we could say that the Dead Sea is the world’s largest free spa.

Were the Dead Sea Scrolls Were Found Nearby?

Yes - the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden in a Qumran cave. These scrolls contain come of the most-ancient copies of the Hebrew Bible.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5124stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Nov 18, 2016


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