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The Dead Sea: 4 Facts You May Not Have Heard About

The Dead Sea (photo: Regina Shanklin, Pixabay)
The Dead Sea (photo: Regina Shanklin)

The Dead Sea is a natural body of water on the border between Israel and Jordan that draws visitors from around the world.

Due to its unique properties, visitors often consider it a highlight of their time in the Middle East.

Here, we are going to look at some interesting facts about the Dead Sea. Keep reading if you are keen to learn more.

Saltiest Water on Earth

One of the facts that you might not know about the Dead Sea is that it has the saltiest water on planet Earth.

The water is ten times as salty as regular seawater. Why is that you may be asking?

The water comes straight from the River Jordan, and once it reaches the Dead Sea, it has nowhere else to go, which causes it to evaporate.

When it evaporates, it causes the salt and minerals to become more concentrated, which leads to around 37 billion tons of salt being found here.

Great for Skin Conditions

Another interesting fact about the Dead Sea is that it has properties that make it helpful in the treatment of common skin conditions.

Due to its high mineral and salt concentration, this seawater can help with common skin conditions such as acne and cellulite, as well as arthritis.

Many people travel to the sea specifically to benefit from its natural properties, and many spas use treatments from this water to help heal skin conditions.

It is also suggested that Cleopatra liked to visit the Dead Sea often, and she used its natural products as part of her beauty and skin routine.

Natural Buoyancy

Due to the high salt concentration, it's also possible to float naturally without having to keep yourself up out of the water.

This means that you can bob around and float in this water without having to use your hands and legs as much.

Many people enjoy slathering some mud on their faces and then lying back, relaxed while letting their bodies float naturally.

Lowest Point of The Earth

A fourth fun fact about the Dead Sea is that it sits at the lowest point on earth. The Dead Sea surface is measured at 423 meters below sea level.

Additionally, Highway 90, located near the sea on the Israeli side, is the lowest road on Earth as it runs 393 meters below sea level.

This is something that many people are not aware of when it comes to the Dead Sea.

The Dead Sea is one of the most fascinating natural bodies of water in the world, and many people visit it every year.

If you haven't been to the Dead Sea before, make sure to add it to your bucket list.


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