|Copyright: Hameem Sarwar (hama)
|Date Taken: 2002-09-16|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-06-25 11:41|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Dead Sea (Arabic: البَحْر المَيّت, al-Baḥrᵘ l-Mayyitᵘ, "Dead Sea";Hebrew: יָם הַמֶּלַח, Yām Ha-Melaḥ, "Sea of Salt") is a salt lake between Israel and the West Bank to the west, and Jordan to the east. It is 420 metres (1,378 ft) below sea level, and its shores are the lowest point on the surface of the Earth on dry land. The Dead Sea is 330 m (1,083 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. It is also the world's second saltiest body of water, after Lake Asal in Djibouti, with 30 percent salinity. It is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean. Experts say that it is nine times saltier than the Mediterranean Sea (31.5% salt versus 3.5% for the Mediterranean). The Dead Sea is 67 kilometres (42 mi) long and 18 kilometres (11 mi) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River.|
The Dead Sea has attracted visitors from around the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years. Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David. It was one of the world's first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from balms for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilizers.
In Arabic the Dead Sea is calledal-Bahr al-Mayyit  (help·info) ("the Dead Sea"), or less commonly baḥrᵘ lūṭᵃ (بحر لوط, "the Sea of Lot"). Another historic name in Arabic was the "Sea of Zoʼar", after a nearby town. In Hebrew, the Dead Sea is Yām ha-Melaḥ (help·info), meaning "sea of salt," or Yām ha-Māvet (ים המות, "sea of death"). In antiquity it was sometimes referred to as Yām ha-Mizraḥî (ים המזרחי, "the Eastern sea") or Yām ha-‘Ărāvâ (ים הערבה, "Sea of the Arabah"). The Greeks called it Lake Asphaltit
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- [2008-06-25 14:51]
the color contrast and presentation look well out. Tendency-full admission.Good sunsed reflection of the water.
moody sunset, it's a pity that photo is so small, i like colours and calm mood