Facts About the Dead Sea

Facts About the Dead Sea
The Dead Sea, also known as the Salt Sea, is a saltwater lake in eastern Israel. Every year, tourists flock to the lake, as its high salt content makes swimmers extremely buoyant and its waters are known for their curative properties.

Composition

The Dead Sea contains some of the saltiest water on Earth. As much as 35 percent of its water is dissolved salt.

Depth

The lake's surface is more than 1,300 feet below sea level. Its deepest area is more than 2,300 feet below sea level. Completely landlocked, the lake becomes saltier with increasing depth.

Life

No fish or sea creatures live in the Dead Sea, but several types of bacteria and one type of algae thrive in its salt-infused waters.

Health Benefits

Scientists at the The Dead Sea Research Center in Negev, Israel, have proven that the Dead Sea's waters contain properties that can help treat a variety of illnesses, including skin diseases, rheumatism, cystic fibrosis and asthma.

Warning

Sinkholes often appear around the Dead Sea. In April 2009, a hiker was critically injured when he fell into one of these holes. Many areas have warning signs, but some do not.

Article Written By Angela Brown

Angela Brown has been a book editor since 1997. She has written for various websites, as well as National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio and more than 20 fiction anthologies. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater and English from the University of Wisconsin.

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