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THE DEAD SEA
LOWEST SPOT ON EARTH
The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is truly an extraordinary place that should not be missed. The uniqueness of this salt lake has been known for thousands of years, and has attracted visitors ever since. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley at the bottom of a natural depression that reaches 418 m below sea level, making it the lowest spot on Earth and the only place in the world where one can experience floating ethereally on its saline waters without exerting any effort.
Although the Dead Sea is fed from a number of small streams, springs, and mainly from the Jordan River, which flows south from the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias), but due to the diversion of more water out of the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee, the rate of evaporation exceeds that of the feeding river and hence the salinity levels of the Dead Sea waters are exceptionally high, measuring over thirty percent while sea water is about three or four percent, making it so buoyant that it’s actually impossible to sink and marine life quite non-existent, except for a few species of bacteria and algae.
The remarkably unique healing and beautifying powers along with the relaxing feeling that the Dead Sea imparts, makes it an exceptional natural spa with exclusive benefits, ranging from the oxygen-rich atmospheric haze which filters out harmful ultra-violet sun rays to the soothing and therapeutic properties of its mineral-rich salty waters and mud. Several hotels are lined up along the Dead Sea northern shores, offering superb mud baths and spa treatments which would enhance your experience.