Location of the Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is located between Israel and Jordan. The sea is around 1411 feet below sea level, making it the lowest surface on earth. This Sea is 50 kilometers long and 15 kilometers wide. The Dead sea is a very beautiful place to visit because it only averages about 2 inches of rain a year. It gets to 90-102 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and 68-73 degrees in the winter. This sea is fed by the Jordan River which enters the smaller stream.
History of the Dead Sea
About 2 million years ago the land between Rift Valley and the Mediterranean Sea rose and the ocean could no longer flow. The long lagoon that was made became a land-lock. There are 3 lakes named Lake Amora, Lake Lisan, and the Dead Sea. These lakes have risen or fallen due to climate variation, leaving the Dead Sea to yet be there.
The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are believed to lie beneath the lake. The sea has attracted visitors for thousands of years. Many animals have lived by the Sea for a while which include: Ibex, Hares, Hyraxes, jackals, foxes, and sometimes visitors even see leapords. The Friends of the Earth organization have sponsored exhibitions of the seas photographs and tours for journalists and government officials. In 1947 Shepherds found 2000 year old jars containing scripture written in Hebrew, Greek, and Aromic, these are now known as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
People say that you can float in the Dead Sea because the sea is so dense and salty. A nice resort sits along a wasteland near the dead sea and a trolley can bring you to and from the beach and resort, giving you an amazing view of the beach. If you look underneath the Dead Sea you will not see any sea life because if there were sea life they would all die. Along the edges of the sea you can dip into the quicksand pits. Some theories say that there is Volcanic activity, but is yet to be discovered.