The Beautiful Dead Sea

Beautiful Dead Sea
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The Dead Sea. It doesn't sound too appealing does it? I remember the Dead Sea from bible study in Sunday school when I was a little girl. It was something long forgotten until recently when I saw it on a popular reality show. I'm 37 years old and I am embarrassed to admit that I thought the Dead Sea was just something in the bible that didn't exist anymore but there it was!! It was the beautiful Dead Sea and memories came flooding back from those early bible studies. How beautiful is the DEAD SEA!?! I immediately felt drawn to it and wanted to learn more about this body of water. It is fascinating to me that it has been there as long as it has. In fact, It is believed to be around 3 million years old. I hope that one day before I leave this earth, I get to visit this beautiful, historic body of water.

The Dead Sea also called the Salt Sea or Killer Sea is a salty lake that is located deep in the Jordan Valley near Isreal. It is believed that Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zebouin, and Zoar were all located where the Dead Sea now sits. It is 42 miles long and at it's widest point 11 miles. It's not the ocean but certainly larger than the average lake. It is 1,237 feet deep and is the deepest salt lake in the world. It is also the lowest elevation in the world, over 1,300 feet below sea level. It is actually not the sea at all. The Dead Sea is a "endorheic" lake. Endorheic means that it does not flow out into any ocean or streams and the only major source of water flowing into the Dead Sea is the Jordan River. The only way water can escape from the Dead Sea is through evaporation and the rate of evaporation is quite high because of heat, humidity and other factors in the area.

The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea | Source

Another fascinating fact about the Dead Sea is that it is one of the saltiest bodies of water on the earth having more than 8 times the salt content of the ocean.The rapid evaporation of water is part of the reason for the salt accumulation in the sea. Looking out at the edges of the sea where the water meets the land, you can see salt rock accumulations all along the rocks and cliffs. Ever wonder why it's called the Dead Sea? The salt content is so high that plants, fish and other sea life can not live in the water. If by accident a fish enters, like from the inlet of the Jordan river, it would certainly die and be washed up to shore and be covered with halite or salt rock. Some bacteria and one type of algae is all that can live in the Sea. That is some serious salt!

Because of the high salt and mineral content, the Dead Sea is a much sought after spa and health retreat. It has apparently been sought after for years. It is said that Cleopatra built the first spa on the shores of the Dead Sea. The water and mud from the lake is said to have healing qualities.The high atmospheric pressure there is said to be good for those suffering respiratory problems and the reduced ultraviolet rays along with the salt and minerals help a great deal with skin disorders. The salts and minerals from the Dead Sea are very popular in the cosmetics industry and are ingredients in many cosmetic items being sold throughout the world.

Man floating on the Dead Sea
Man floating on the Dead Sea | Source

The first thing that struck me about this beautiful body of water was the bluish-green color. It almost looks like something out of a fantasy with the beautiful hills and landscape that surrounds it. Interesting too is because of the massive salt content people actually float in the water without any effort at all- it's actually hard to swim. Imagine like you are a huge fishing bobber- that's how it would feel to go for a dip in the dead sea. People can be seen floating in the sea reading a book or newspaper without any effort at all.

Dead Sea
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Dead Sea Beach at Marriot Hotel
Dead Sea Beach at Marriot Hotel | Source

In conclusion, I would like to mention the Dead Sea Scrolls that were found in between the years of 1947 and 1956- not too long ago actually. They were found inside 11 caves along the north west shore of the Dead Sea. They are an ancient collection of texts from the Hebrew bible. The scrolls were the oldest group of Old Testament manuscripts ever found. This is just another fascinating piece of history about this place I learned about as a child. There is lots of great information about the scrolls at the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation. Most of the scrolls are now housed at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and a few others in Jordan and Europe.

I hope you have enjoyed my hub on the Dead Sea. I hope you find it as fascinating and interesting as I do. If you have been to the Dead Sea, I would love to hear all about your experience! Thanks to everyone for reading and please feel free to comment. God Bless!

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Brian: Thanks for reading! The Dead Sea is awesome.. would LOVE to see it some day. It is just such a beautiful place.

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Brian Burton 5 years ago

Beautiful pictures and love the guy floating in the water. What a wondrous place. And 8 times the normal salt level? Wow, that is an interesting fact.

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Saleemayoub: Wow.. you must live close to the Dead Sea! Lucky YOU :0) Thanks so much for reading!

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Saleemayoub 5 years ago

Thanks for this presentation.A little joke but real! Long time ago I was with visitors to the Dead Sea.One of the ladies, so innocently, asked me:" When this sea died"? I did not know how to answer that question without signaling the ignorance. I think many people around the world share the same question!Your article is a very good answer.Thanks again.

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

lyns, Thank you for reading my hub about the Dead Sea... such a beautiful place. Glad you found it interesting. Take Care!

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lyns 5 years ago from USA

Wow, thanks so much you have really enlighten me on this as well. Thank you

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

lostwithinmyself, Thanks for reading.. yeah, I can see why you would think someone was joking with you. The Dead Sea is sort of a weird name for such a beautiful place. Thank you for commenting :)

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lostwithinmyself 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing this. When someone told me about the dead sea i actually thought they was having a laugh with me. It would love to go there. Great pictures. x

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

AllSuretyBonds: Thanks so much for stopping by and reading about the Dead Sea :) So glad you found it interesting- I wasn't sure if anyone would take interest to this hub but the place sure does amaze me. It really is quite different than your normal lake... I so wish that I could visit there some day. Take Care :)

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AllSuretyBonds 5 years ago

What a beautiful place. I loved the picture of the man floating on the water with no effort. That would be very interest to try and swim in the Dead Sea and you wouldn't have to worry about any creepy fish or animals swimming underneath you. Very interesting. Vote up!

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

d.william: Thanks so much for reading.. Loved the quote you shared...So true!! I didn't even know the Dead Sea existed anymore.. shows you how much I know. Take Care :)

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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

What a beautiful piece about the dead sea; and the pictures are awesome. Many facts i did not know. It just re-enforces my favorite saying: "the more i learn, the more i realize just how much i don't know".

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you Sunshine, that would be awesome..would love to see them!

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I wish I had pictures to share with you Jamie. They existed at one time...if they ever cross my path I'll let you know :)

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

@davenmidtown: Thank you so much!

@ansonia: Thank you for reading and for the writing tip.. I see what you mean.. it is a bit repetitive. Thank you so much for stopping by!

@kashmir56: Thanks so much, kashmir! I'm so glad you liked it. I really want to visit this place some day. Take Care:)

@Sunshine: AWW.. I knew I would find someone who has been there! How lucky you are that you've been able to visit this beautiful place! I imagine it has a sort of spiritual atmosphere.. I heard there is no place quite like it. All the pics I've seen look like some kind of computer generated fantasy scene. What awesome childhood memories you must have.. Thank you for stopping by :)

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Thank you Jamie for the blast from my past! I swam ...well waded in the Dead Sea when I spent the summer with my grandparents in Jordan. The water was breathtaking and my vac was memorable, I'm glad my dad convinced me to go!

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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Thank you for all this fascinating and interesting information about the Dead Sea !

Vote up,Interesting and beautiful !!!

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ansonia 5 years ago

A well written hub on an interesting topic. The pictures are beautiful. The last paragraph is too long. I would have preferred: " If you have been to the Dead Sea, I would love to hear all about your experience! Thanks to everyone for reading. Please feel free to comment. God Bless!" In my opinion, you don't need more than that because , by the last paragraph , you have already shown me , through good, clear writing and pictures , that the Dead Sea is fascinating and rich in history. I really enjoyed this hub.

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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

I really enjoyed the hub.

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

marellen, You are welcome. I had no idea about this fascinating place either! I love the positive feedback.. thank you!

davenmidtown, Thank you so much for commenting. I really appreciate the positive feedback :)

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