Question: Can anything live in the Dead Sea (Sea of Salt)?
Answer: Researchers have found a limited variety of microorganisms, such as algae, bacteria and fungi, at the bottom of the Dead sea where fresh water springs were detected. However larger organisms such as fish, amphibians or vegetation, cannot survive in the Dead Sea water.
Half an hour’s drive southeast from Jerusalem lies the Dead Sea. Also known as the Sea of Salt, it is one of the lowest points on earth, situated over 400 meters below sea-level.
The sea is part of the Great Rift Valley that stretches from Northern Syria down to Central Africa and is also located in a desert belt running, from west to east, between North Africa and the Sind Desert in western India.
Read more about the Dead Sea:
|Dead Sea Geological Structure
The sea, in reality a lake, walled down its two sides by rock and dry gullies, is the lowest point in the great rift running from Syria in the north down to central Africa... go to this page...
|Dead Sea Works: Minerals from the Dead Sea
Millions of years of evaporation left the Dead Sea water saltier and denser than any other natural body of water, with a salt content 8 to 10 times that of the oceans. The sea offers raw materials for industry and agriculture, extracted by local developers through a system of evaporation... go to this page...
|Therapeutic Value of the Dead Sea
A unique therapeutic potential in the sea provides relief from rheumatic pain and psoriasis as well as various other health disorders. The exclusive nature of this potential derives from a combination of various factors concentrated in the same place... go to this page...
|Dead Sea Flora
Botanically, the flanks and south of the Dead Sea are of a desert nature. But around the springs and delta streams, the flora is varied. One finds tropical and hydrophilic vegetation, as well as plants that can live on salty water. The Rose of Jericho is one interesting example of flora in the area... go to this page...
|Dead Sea Fauna
The area is blessed with diverse fauna due to relatively high heat and humidity, and a coincidence of various terrains – the rift valley, the desert and the tropics – permitting wildlife of these different territories to live together. Also, the Dead Sea Valley lies beneath the migration path of nomadic birds, traveling between Africa and Northern Europe... go to this page...
|Dead Sea History
The ‘Sea of Salt’ is first mentioned in the Bible in connection with Sodom and the neighboring settlements. Biblical Sodom has never been found, but remnants of the Chalcolithic period have been uncovered in the area, dating habitation to 3000 B.C. The region provided a passageway for merchant caravans and a recreation spot.. go to this page...
|Plans, Hopes and Dreams for the Future
The idea of building a canal between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea to generate electricity and fill up the shrinking lake, was raised at the end of the 19th century by Theodor Herzl. An alternate plan for a joint venture between Israel and Jordan has recently been considered. Plans are not without controversy since some argue for a holistic approach that aims at a Biosphere reserve... go to this page...
|Dead Sea Scrolls and Prof. Yigael Yadin
Nearby caves were used for refuge by rebels and religious sects, considered by many as the fore-founders of Christianity. The most well known are the Qumran caves, in which the mysterious Essene sect wrote and hid the Dead Sea Scrolls…
Watch rare video clips of interviews with the late Professor Yigael Yadin on his findings in the area... go to this page..
|Dead Sea Agriculture
Collective and cooperative farms use innovative methods for agriculture in the area, achieving maximum productivity from small units of land. Irrigation through the ‘drip system’, cleansing the soil of toxins, and adaptation of plants to salty land are only some of the methods...go to this page...
This docuweb includes Dead Sea Geological Structure, Dead Sea Works: Minerals from the Dead Sea, Therapeutic Value of the Dead Sea , Dead Sea Flora , Dead Sea Fauna , Dead Sea History, Plans, Hopes and Dreams for the Future, Dead Sea Scrolls and Prof. Yigael Yadin, Dead Sea Agriculture .
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