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The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth.  At 1300 feet below sea level, this sea has five to seven times the minerals of other seas. It's Hebrew name "Ha-Melah" (The Sea of Salt) is more appropriate.  This lake has a salt concentration eight times that of the ocean.  It is so heavy and dense that everyone floats without effort.  The Judaen desert stretches along this coast as mountains literally hug its shore and springs flow into its basin.   See also | Qumran  | Masada | Ein Gedi | Ein Feshka | Wadi Qelt |

looking towards the Dead Sea from Qumran

a barren stretch of coast

looking towards the sea on top of Masada

palm trees at Qumran 

reeds at Ein Feshkha near the Sea

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