Is it Aruba? Is it the Bahamas? No, it’s the Dead Sea! Despite its not so lively and not so exotic name, we found the Dead Sea a very lovely and rejuvenating place to be. It was a perfect place to revive our tired spirits and sore muscles after our active exploration of Petra, Wadi Rum and otther places in Jordan.
Bordering Jordan to the east and Israel to the west, the Dead Sea has attracted visitors since the Biblical times for its therapeutic effects and has been considered the world’s first health resort.
Situated at 400 meters (1,312 feet) below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. It is also the saltiest body water in the world. The Dead Sea water contains about 350 grams of salt compared to about 40 grams per kilogram of water in the ocean.
Since the time of Herod the Great, the rich minerals of the Dead Sea has been used in treating various skin disorders. Today, the minerals are used as main ingredients in skin care products. I covered myself with Dead Sea mud for about 15 minutes and my skin felt smoother!
Unfortunately, the increased usage of water by both Jordan and Israell from the Jordan River has significantly reduced the water flow into the Dead Sea. Its water has been evaporating faster than it can replenish.
It is said that the water level dropped by 17m/56 ft since the 1930’s and the overall area has shrunk by one-third. To halt the state of decline, Jordan and Israel are planning to buildi a canal from the Red Sea to bring more water flow into the Dead Sea. Let’s hope that they can save the Dead Sea from dying.