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dead sea, arabic al-baḥr al-mayyit (sea of death), hebrew yam hamela (salt sea), also called salt sea, landlocked salt lake between israel and jordan in southwestern asia. Its eastern shore belongs to jordan, and the southern half of its western shore belongs to israel.
Sea of salt arabic al-bahr al-mayyit or buhayrat, bahret or birket lut, lit. Lakesea of lot) is a salt lake bordered by jordan to the east and israel and the west bank to the west. It lies in the jordan rift valley, and its main tributary is the jordan river.
in various languages, the dead sea is referred to by different names, all reflective of its characteristics. The earliest known name is recorded in the hebrew bible, where it is referred to as the salt sea, due to its significantly high salt content.
The dead sea is one of the most fascinating places on earth and a unique natural resort. The dead sea waters contain a high concentration of salts and minerals that are beneficial for your skin and health in general, whereas dead sea black mud is well-known for its healing properties for physical ailments.
Sea of salt arabic al-bahr al-mayyit or buhayrat, bahret or birket lut, lit. Lakesea of lot) is a salt lake bordered by jordan to the east and israel and the west bank to the west. It lies in the jordan rift valley, and its main tributary is the jordan river. 5 metres (1,412 ft) below sea level, earths lowest elevation on land. It is 304 m (997 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. 2 (in 2011), it is one of the worlds saltiest bodies of water 9. This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which plants and animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The dead seas main, northern basin is 50 kilometres (31 mi) long and 15 kilometres (9 mi) wide at its widest point. The dead sea has attracted visitors from around the mediterranean basin for thousands of years. It was one of the worlds first health resorts (for herod the great), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from asphalt for egyptian mummification to potash for fertilisers. Today, tourists visit the sea on its israeli, jordanian and west bank coastlines israel has faced criticism for refusing to allow a palestinian tourism industry to develop along the west bank coast. The dead sea is receding at a swift rate its surface area today is 605 km (234 sq mi), having been 1,050 km (410 sq mi) in 1930. The recession of the dead sea has begun causing problems, and multiple canal and pipeline proposals have been made to reduce its recession. One of these proposals is the red seadead sea water conveyance project, carried out by jordan, which will provide water to neighbouring countries, while the brine will be carried to the dead sea to help stabilise its water level. The first phase of the project is scheduled to begin in 2018 and be completed in 2021.