The Dead Sea

11.JPGHi again, My Wonderful World readers!  Being on Spring Break, or Passover (Pesach) Break, in Israel makes me think: What is more Israeli than spending the holiday in the sun, near the water?  
This week I’ve traveled from sea to lake, from the Kineret in the North, to the Mediterranean in the South. My favorite by far is the most quintessential body of water in the State of Israel–Yam haMelach, or, the Dead Sea.
12.JPGSo what is the Dead Sea?  When people hear the name, the image of a person sitting on the water’s surface immediately comes to mind, but how is this possible?  Located in the Syrian-African Rift Valley between Jordan and Israel, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth, at approximately 1,300 feet below sea level.  Because of its location and the fact that it has no outlets (out-flowing streams), the Dead Sea is also one of the saltiest bodies of water on the planet, with a salt concentration of 34%!  This is compared to 3.5% salinity for the Mediterranean Sea, less than 100 km west.  It’s this high concentration that allows for the Sea’s seemingly miraculous qualities, such as the medicinal benefits of the mud, and the buoyancy of the water.  

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