Interesting facts about the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is a famous health resort, where tourists from all over the world come to. Local resorts are extremely popular, and they make a good contribution to the income of Israel and Jordan every year. True, nothing is eternal – sooner or later the Dead Sea disappears, and then the world will become one amazing whim of nature less.

The dead sea is actually a lake, not a sea.

In the waters of the Dead Sea it’s really easy to swim – denser water itself seems to help inexperienced swimmers stay on the surface.

Of all the water bodies of the Earth, the Dead Sea is the most saline, the level of its salinity above the average is about eight to ten times. However, this title is disputed by Lake Assal located in the African country of Djibouti.

Every year the water level in the Dead Sea drops by about a meter.

Its name was given to the Dead Sea because in its excessively salty waters there is no life whatsoever, except for bacteria and microscopic fungi.

For the last hundred years the Dead Sea has become shallower by about a hundred meters. To reverse this process, scientists are developing projects on redirecting part of the water to the Dead Sea from other seas – the Mediterranean and the Red.

The shores of the Dead Sea are the lowest part of the world on our planet (relative to the world sea level).

The Dead Sea is the deepest of all saline lakes. Of the freshwater lakes, the deepest is Baikal.

The maximum width of the Dead Sea does not exceed eighteen kilometers, which is less than the width of some rivers.

One of the names of the Dead Sea is the Asphalt lake. There is really formed asphalt, the pieces of which float on the surface of the water.

Every year, weak earthquakes occur on the bottom of the Dead Sea. They, however, are so weak in their mass that people do not notice them, and earth tremors are noted only by seismic devices.

Daily in the Dead Sea gets about seven million cubic meters of fresh water from rivers. Less salty, however, it does not become this.

Due to shallowing, the Dead Sea is now divided in two by a land sash.