The Dead Sea is a salt lake lying about 30km southwest of Amman in the Great Rift Valley and extending for about 70km from north to south. Its total surface is currently 810 sq km but keeps shrinking every year, because large amounts of water are being diverted from the river Jordan and other tributaries. The shores of the Dead Sea lie at 422 metres below sea level, making the Dead Sea the lowest elevation on earth on dry land. The Dead Sea itself is 378m deep. Its name comes from the fact that salinity levels are so high (33.7%, i.e. its water is 8.6 times more salty than the ocean), that no animals of plants can live in it and all life is immediately killed. The major attraction of the Dead Sea is that its high salinity makes the water so buoyant that it is impossible to sink in it. Many visitors come to the Dead Sea for therapeutic tourism, because both the Dead Sea mud and its waters have medically proven benefits.
01 Beach on the Dead Sea 02 Beach on the Dead Sea 03 Beach on the Dead Sea 04 Beach on the Dead Sea
05 Beach on the Dead Sea 06 Dead Sea coast and hotel area 07 Dead Sea coast and palm tree
08 Hills along the Dead Sea 09 Winding road on hills 10 Salt formations along the coast
11 Salt formations along the coast 12 Salt formations along the coast 13 Salt formations along the coast 14 Salt formations along the coast
15 Beach at sunset 16 Dead sea coast at sunset 17 Dead sea coast at sunset
18 Beach at sunset 01 Man floating in the Dead Sea 02 Bathing in the Dead Sea
03 Bathing in the Dead Sea 04 Man floating in the Dead Sea 05 Man and children floating in the Dead sea
06 Dead Sea beach and people bathing 01 Bucket with Dead Sea mud 02 Asian girl applying Dead Sea mud on skin 03 Bucket with Dead Sea mud
01 Pool area at sunset 02 Pool area at sunset 03 Access to the Dead Sea 04 Hotel beach
05 Hotel beach 06 Hotel beach and Dead Sea 07 Hotel beach at sunset 08 Vis cafe restaurant
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