THE DEAD SEA
Part of Jordan, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth and every single thing about it is completely and utterly fascinating
Words: Emily Georgieva
Photography: Jason Leem
29 May 2019
The blue mystique, the way we like to call it, the Dead Sea is 408 meters below sea level and is 377 meters deep, which makes it the deepest hyper-saline lake in the world. The concentration of salts and minerals in the water is so high that it creates a natural buoyancy. You can swim in the Dead Sea, but it is a difficult activity. It is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean, so you can imagine how the water feels once it touches your skin. Be careful to keep the water away from your eyes if you ever decide to go for a swim, as the saltiness is dangerous and will irritate your eyes a lot.
Its position makes it quite an easy destination to get to. The Dead Sea is close to Madaba. It is relatively easy to get from one place to the other and explore the surrounding are in more depth.
This nature's creation has a specific Biblical significance as well. In the Hebrew, Prophet Moses was given a view of the Promised Land at Mount Nebo. The Dead Sea is also the refuge place for King David.
It is estimated as one of the saltiest bodies of water together with the lakes of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica, such as the Don Juan Pond. Much like the Great Salt Lake in Utah, US, the Dead Sea is iconic for its kind. Apart from the desert surrounding it, you will see a few very luxurious hotels gracing the area. The Dead Sea is very charismatic and surely can be defined as a signature location when it comes to defining Jordan.
In the area of the Dead Sea you will also find mineral-rich mud, which is therapeutic in its nature. It is one of the first places in the world used as a health resort. Different types of items have been supplied from there in the past, some of them including balms for Egyptian mummification.
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