Dead Sea Facts: 10 Surprising Facts About The Dead Sea

1. The Dead Sea is located on the lowest place on earth, 400m below sea level situated in a deep hollow between the mountains.

 

2. The Dead Sea is not an actual sea; rather it is more a giant salt lake about 42 miles long and 11 miles wide.

 

3. Since it is located so deep down the core of the earth, the bottom of the sea also referred to Dead Sea mud contain high levels of minerals such as bromide, calcium, iron and sulphur. These minerals are essential for our health and wellbeing. Although they can be found in fruits, vegetables and other natural ingredients, the Dead Sea salt is very concentrated and contains high levels of all vital minerals.

 

4. According to legend, Queen Cleopatra was the first to enjoy the Dead Sea health benefits, and used to soak her body in the Dead Sea water in order to soften her skin and make it feel silky and glossy.

 

5. In Hebrew, it is called the sea of salt. Its English name derives from the extreme levels of salt that prevent any living creature to sustain in its water. Thus, there are no fish or any other sea life in the Dead Sea.

 

6. Some say you can't drown in the Dead Sea, but actually you can. The water density is so high it is impossible to sink, but one can still accidently drown, so always be cautious just like in any other body of water.

 

7. It hardly ever rains there, less than 10cm of rain falls around the area a year.

 

8. Floating in the Dead Sea is very healthy, but if you happen to have any cuts (or happen to shave that morning) don't go in the water! The high salt level in the water will burn and sting…

 

9. The year-round heat causes high evaporation levels, about 2 billion m3 a year, creating a heavy haze over the Dead Sea at all times.

 

10. Since it is located so low below sea level the Dead Sea has another unique trait: the UVB rays which cause sunburn are weaker there, so  there is an ideal correlation of UVA and UVB rays, allowing longer sun exposure without getting sunburned. This makes it especially  beneficial to treat skin ailments such as psoriasis and acne that benefit from long sun exposure.

 

 

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