A trip to Israel is not a trip without a visit to the Dead Sea, a genuine marvel of nature! Before you go, there are a few facts about the Dead Sea that you should learn about this unbelievable and fascinating spot.
1. The Dead Sea is located at 1400 feet underneath the ocean level, making it the absolute bottom on earth, some may say it's not true but it is a fact!
2. The high salt concentration providing the option to float and relax, there is no need to learn how to swim in case you want to visit the dead sea, just take your favorite book or a newspaper, I don't recommend taking an electronic device... and float, just float!
The Dead Sea in Israel
3. Since the concentration of the salt is so high, there is not a single creature in the waters of this amazing place, and that is the reason it is known as the "Dead" Sea.
4. Despite the fact that it's known as an ocean, it's actually a big salty lake.
5. The concentration of the salt is much higher than in the Mediterranean sea (4%) or the sea of galilee (1%), the actual number is 40%!!! Tasting the water probably won't be a good idea, so try to keep your mouth, nose, and eyes away!
6. The Dead sea gets its waters from a few sources, the first and the major one from the north is the great Jordan river, the second one from the east during fluids is the Arugot or David river and the last source is rain waters, a rare situation in the desert but still possible.
7. One of the saddest facts about the Dead Sea is the water level, since the beginning of the 20th century, we have evidence how the dead sea vanishing, a well known British organization called the PEF(Palestine exploration fund) measured the level and the size of the lake and it was almost 1100 km2 and the shore was close to Jericho, today the size is nearly a half and the north shore in near the Lido junction.
Scientists say that the Dead Sea can disappear till 2030 if we won't make any drastic changes.
Medical treatments advantages
8. The water is full of many minerals and vitamins, today this place is recognized around the world as the biggest natural spa area for treatment to your skin(psoriasis) and breathing problems such as Asthma.
9. The salt from the Dead Sea is exceptionally bitter and saltier than regular salt, so eating it won't be a good idea, however, it has a great assortment of skincare benefits. The salt and minerals from the ocean can treat skin break out, hives, psoriasis, cellulite, and numerous other skin illnesses.
10. How many times did you buy an expensive cream to your body? The Dead Sea offers the best and free natural mud that you can extract from the bottom of the lake with your hands and apply it on your hands, legs, back and even your face to create a thick layer of organic and natural cream layer! For a stunning result, spread the mud all over your body and wash in the ocean a few times. You'll feel the difference, there is no better product than the original trust me!
11. The air around the Dead Sea is another great benefit! It is full of bromine, low in dust, and allergens, making it the ideal area for those with asthma and not a stable nerve system, you will be surprised but the air can replace any psychological treatment.
Historical facts about the Dead Sea
12. During the ancient times the greeks and the roman used to extract the mud and other minerals from the dead sea to fix their ships, today you can even find on the shore an ancient roman naval base.
13. Along the shore there is a beautiful national park, inside you can find a big variety of biblical plants such as the persimmon.
14. The first world's luxury spa of the great king Herods was established along the shore during the 1st-century BC.
15. The Dead Sea was one of Cleopatra's preferred spots, she may be the first woman in the world creating the beauty industry!
16. The Dead Sea is probably one of the oldest lakes in the world, estimated age-4000 years old!!!
About the Area
17. The Dead Sea is a part of the Great Rift Valley, connecting 19 countries such as Israel, Syria, and Egypt.
18. The agriculture is also amazing, you probably picture a desert with sands and stones around but this amazing place together with progressive Israeli technologies created a magical oasis growing the biggest number of date trees and the dates...mmm just delicious!!!!
19. The climate is warm all year long, and the region barely gets any rain.
20. The Dead Sea is located on a very low level and the region is very hazy, this is actually a great thing since the haze and the low location providing a natural UV block from the sun!!
After reading my amazing facts about the Dead Sea you have the opportunity to visit it, I offer a few options how to visit the dead sea region by a private tour, please check the Dead Sea and Masada tour!