The Dead Sea Is Filled With Salt
Fishes Would Die On Its Shining Shores
by Kayla Hollis, age 11
Without seeing it themselves, people might think the Dead Sea is an actual sea. But in fact it is actually a very long lake made up of two basins located in Jordan, Israel.
The lake is 45 miles long and 9 miles wide, with a depth of 1,300 feet below sea level.
Waters of the Dead Sea are quickly boiled away by the heat, leaving rich salt and mineral deposits in its place. The high levels of salt make it easy to float but impossible to swim in the water. Visitors can sit leisurely on top of the water.
It may look like a average lake surrounded by sand but it is not. If fish swam in the Dead Sea, they would die automatically because of how much salt it contains. But the lake is home to many salt-loving bacteria.
There are hot springs and pods of rich black mud on the southern part of the lake. The mud is believed to have healing powers, when submerged in it. Because of the intense heat, nearby hotels offer guests air-conditioned bathrooms while they enjoy their mud-baths.
[Source: 100 Great Wanders of the World]