17 Facts About Dead Sea


Dead Sea, known by other names, is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west.

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Dead Sea has attracted visitors from around the Mediterranean Basin for thousands of years.

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The recession of the Dead Sea has begun causing problems, and multiple canal and pipeline proposals, such as the scrapped Red Sea–Dead Sea Water Conveyance project, have been made to reduce its recession.

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Dead Sea is an endorheic lake located in the Jordan Rift Valley, a geographic feature formed by the Dead Sea Transform .

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Approximately two million years ago, the land between the Rift Valley and the Mediterranean Dead Sea rose to such an extent that the ocean could no longer flood the area.

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Dead Sea has a hot desert climate, with year-round sunny skies and dry air.

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Barometric pressures at the Dead Sea were measured between 1061 and 1065 hPa and clinically compared with health effects at higher altitude.

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Dead Sea area has become a location for health research and potential treatment for several reasons.

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The Dead Sea temporarily comes to life in the wake of rainy winters.

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Since 1980, the Dead Sea basin has been dry and the algae and the bacteria have not returned in measurable numbers.

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Dwelling in caves near the Dead Sea is recorded in the Hebrew Bible as having taken place before the Israelites came to Canaan, and extensively at the time of King David.

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Dead Sea was an important trade route with ships carrying salt, asphalt and agricultural produce.

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Intimately connected with the Judean wilderness to its northwest and west, the Dead Sea was a place of escape and refuge.

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Israel has 15 hotels along the Dead Sea shore, generating total revenues of $291 million in 2012.

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Dead Sea quickly grew into the largest industrial site in the Middle East, and in 1934 built a second plant on the southwest shore, in the Mount Sodom area, south of the 'Lashon' region of the Dead Sea.

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Dead Sea Works was founded in 1952 as a state-owned enterprise based on the remnants of the Palestine Potash Company.

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The Dead Sea has been rapidly shrinking since the 1960s because of diversion of incoming water from the Jordan River to the north as part of the National Water Carrier scheme, completed in 1964.

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