Did you know that the Dead Sea is not a sea at all? it is actually a huge salt lake that lies between Jordan and Israel. The ancient Greeks called it the "Dead Sea" , the Hebrews called it the "Salt Sea" and the Arabs called it the "Stinking Sea".
               It is about 400m. below sea level , which makes it the lowest lying mass of water in the world!
The River Jordan flows into it and the only way that water leaves the Dead Sea is by evaporation. This makes it the saltiest area of water in the world. It is estimated to contain about 11,600,000,000 tons of salt! The presence of calcium chloride also makes the water smooth and oily. No plant or animal life exists here and the density of salt is so great that you can actually float on it without fear of sinking!

a man actually floating in the dead sea


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