I made the mistake of letting water get on my lips while swimming in the Dead Sea. The ensuing sting reminded me of just how salty this water really is. It is almost 10 times as salty as the oceans, so it is little wonder it is called the Dead Sea. You would be hard pressed to find an organism that could survive in this environment.
The Dead Sea has a white contour that runs around the entire sea. Over time, the salt settles and deposits build up along the shore.
As I floated in Jordan, I looked across the expanse of water to the far shore to see Israel. In the setting sunlight, it looked peaceful and beautiful and not at all like the most contentious country in the Middle East.
- The Dead Sea is Dying (slate.com)
- Dead Sea being eaten by sinkholes: huge chasms appearing in the region at a rate of one per day (philosophers-stone.co.uk)