Oct 25, 2010

Dead Sea


Another private swap this time with Mervat from Jordan.

It shows the Dead Sea, which I have always been curious to find out why it's called like that.. So, here's what I learned:


The Dead Sea, also called the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east, and Israel to the west. Its surface and shores are 422 metres (1,385 ft) below sea level, the lowest elevation on the Earth's surface on dry land. The Dead Sea is 378 m (1,240 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. It is also one of the world's saltiest bodies of water, with 33.7% salinity. Only Lake Assal (Djibouti), Garabogazköl and some hypersaline lakes of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica (such as Don Juan Pond) have a higher salinity. It is 8.6 times more salty than the ocean. This salinity makes for a harsh environment where animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The Dead Sea is 67 kilometres (42 mi) long and 18 kilometres (11 mi) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River. The sea has a density of 1.24 kg/L, making swimming difficult. [wikipedia]

Hmmmm... Reading this makes me wanna try swimming in the Dead Sea or -at least- taste its salt! Maybe should plan my next trip there!! If so, I'll keep you informed ;)

3 comments:

  1. It sounds amazing doesn't it? I heard you can float really good in the dead sea :)

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  2. As you may know - the Dead sea has been chosen as one of the 28 finalists in the new7wonders campaign, and the vote will be held on Nov. 11 2011.
    In order to support the nomination and expose the Dead sea to more people in the world - we have built a website: http://www.votedeadsea.com
    and started a facebook group: http://facebook.com/votedeadsea
    Please enter the site or the group and vote for Dead sea

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  3. @Deirdre Sure hope I will try it one day! I'll let you know when I do :P

    @olga13 I didn't know, but I will definitely give it my vote :)

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