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What You Don’t Know About The Dead Sea

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You Don’t Know About The Dead Sea

 

Dead Sea

 

No matter how intelligent you may be, there will always be some things that you don’t know of. You cannot force yourself to know each and every single thing in this world because that’s just too impossible. Thus, there is that something that interest most people way back in the past until the present time. This something refers to that salt lake that borders the Jordan and Israel to the east and the West Bank to the west. Do you know that for thousands of years, this certain place has become an attraction to most people from around the Mediterranean region?

This is known as the “Dead Sea” and there are still a lot of things that you are not quite aware with the said water form. One of the most important facts with regards to the Dead Sea is that it is not really a sea at all! Yes, this can be quite confusing when in fact; its name can also speak for itself. Actually, the Dead Sea is a saltwater lake that is located in the Jordan Rift Valley. Now, let’s make it clearer. It’s time to refresh your knowledge.

What is the difference between a sea and a lake? A sea is a body of water formed by a connected series of salt water wherein it serves the purpose of navigating, regulating the world’s climate and providing oxygen and food in its vast diversity of life for body and soul. On the other hand, a lake is a water form of relatively still water that is contained in a basin, also surrounded by land, thus, serves to feed or drain the lake. However, why is it that the Dead Sea can’t be considered a sea at all despite the fact that its name says it? This is due to the very reason that the Dead Sea doesn’t cater any living form. So, if you look at it in a closer viewpoint, the Dead Sea is more closely related to a lake than a sea.

 

Dead Sea Minerals

 

Most things that people don’t know about the Dead Sea relates to its history. The Dead Sea is already around three (3) million years old and it was known to be the “Stinky Sea” way back. Do you know that Cleopatra was drawn to the said water form so much that she ordered that cosmetic resorts and factories should be built along its shores? Even the biblical times, the Dead Sea has become known to be faithfully connected to both Jesus and John the Baptist. It has also been found out that Aristotle was able to feature the said Dead Sea in his legendary writings.

Up to the 20th century, the said lake was featured because of the discovered “Dead Sea Scrolls” and these scrolls had been found to be the ancient writings of the Essences of Qumran way back during the second temple period. There are still a lot of things that you should know about the Dead Sea which can really amaze, interest and inspire you.


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