Located between Jordan and Israel the Dead Sea is one of the smallest seas in the world. It was discovered by the Israelis around 323 B.C. The 50 miles long and 11 miles wide sea is considered as one of the most visited tourist destinations in Jordan. The water in Dead Sea is mainly supplied by the Jordan River. In Bible Dead Sea had been referred as the “Salt Sea”. The sea has a geographical significance as the “lowest point on earth”.
The water of the sea contains large amount of salt and other minerals. Due to this excessive present of salt there are no plants or animal life in the water. This is the reason why the sea has been named Dead Sea. The density of the water is so high that it is impossible for anybody to drown, which makes it a very popular swimming spot for tourists.
Importance of Dead Sea
Dead Sea today is considered as a major source of various mineral essential for agricultural and industrial development. The salty water and the black mud of the sea are used for various medical treatments such as Psoriasis. The Dead Sea is also famous for their restorative powers and the thermal mineral springs of Zarqa Ma’een. The therapeutic health spa is located here.
Along with being one of the most visited tourist attractions of the country the Dead Sea is also well known for its biblical reference.