Al-Bahr Al-Mayyit (AKA The Dead Sea)

Last month, I visited Egypt and Israel, and I went to the Dead Sea. Unfortunately, I didn’t know much about the marvels of the Dead Sea. Now, as I am back, I thought I would do some research, and I was amazed by its perplexity and usefulness. Here are 10 facts about the Dead Sea intermingled with my experiences swimming in the Dead Sea:

 

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Enjoying my time at the Dead Sea

 

I languorously swam in the sea, not knowing that it was a salt water lake and not a “sea”. Applying thick, grey mud to my body, I was completely unaware of the benefits of the salt and mineral content. The pollen content of this lake is extremely low. It is also free of other allergens. On top of it, it is the home of different types of minerals. Also, solar UV radiation is greatly reduced near the Dead Sea. Additionally, atmospheric pressure near this lake is high because of its low elevation. Don’t get me wrong?! I did know the Dead Sea’s history – it produced asphalt almost constantly, which was used in ancient Egypt for mummification. But, its geography didn’t astound me. I mean, what’s the big deal if water never flows out of Dead Sea because it is surrounded by land on three sides. The only open side is actually the route through which water enters the Dead Sea from rivers and streams.

As I nonchalantly floated, I stupidly thought that I had lost weight and that’s what was helping me keep afloat. Little did I know that the Dead Sea’s unusually high salt concentration means that people can easily float in the Dead Sea due to natural buoyancy.

After a good swim, I stepped out all refreshed and ready to eat. Posters illustrating the “lowest-priced” soup, chips, and falafels surrounded me but I completely missed the pun – the surface and shores of the Dead Sea are 423m  below sea level, making it Earth’s lowest elevation on land.

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