2nd of Av, 5774
Parashat Devarim


Dead Sea

 
ים המלח
Dead Sea Map

The Dead Sea is a very salty lake that is located between Israel and Jordan. At 420 meters (1,378 ft) below sea level, it is the lowest point on Earth that is dry land. It is also the second most saltiest body of water in the world. It is also the deepest salt lake on earth at 330 m (1,083 ft) deep.

The Dead Sea is called “Yom Hamelach” in Hebrew.

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Floating on the Dead Sea

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Salt Formations

The Dead Sea’s climate offers year-round sunny skies and dry air. The northern part of the Dead Sea receives only 100 mm (4 in) of rain a year. The southern section just 50 mm (2 in).

Because the Dead sea is so salty, you can actually float on the water. The Dead sea is home to many resorts and spas.

This is the site of Sodom and Gomorrah. There are large pillars of salt and some people point to one of them and say: “That’s Lots wife.”

Many companies use the salt from the Dead Sea for bath salts. The entire southern end of the Dead Sea has big evaporation pans that is used to get the industrial chemicals potash, caustic soda, magnesium metal, and sodium chloride.

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Dead Sea Minerals