There are countless amazing places on our planet. Perhaps everyone knows the Dead Sea (or rather, a lake, but who cares?) - and those who do not know, welcome to this article!
The Dead Sea, let's just say it once more, is a lake, and the lake is extremely salty. Only a small number of living organisms live in it: all the rest cannot withstand the crazy concentration of minerals in the local water. But during the tourist season, the number of living organisms in the Dead Sea increases greatly - this is a popular object for visiting, beautiful photographs and, of course, treatment: local minerals and muds have an excellent effect on the human body (within reasonable limits of use, of course).
The Dead Sea is considered to be the lowest point of the Earth relative to sea level: below this "level" it has dropped by about 400 meters. Therefore, travelers who approach the Dead Sea often have ear problems.
Many environmentalists sound the alarm: the Dead Sea may disappear! It is unlikely to disappear, but to become shallow, and significantly - very possible. The sea evaporates quickly - both naturally and because of artificial pools where fertilizers and the famous salt are extracted, and the only river that feeds it, the Jordan River, has become very shallow (here the dams that several countries have installed on the Jordan are already to blame). So it is worth visiting the sea while the waters are not knee-deep!
Swimming in the Dead Sea is strange and unusual. The local water looks more like vegetable oil or mercury rather than water. The concentration of minerals is so high that it is impossible to drown here: the most popular photograph among tourists is how they practically sit on the surface and read a book.
What advice can you give to bathers?
- Keep track of the time - swimming is worth no more than 20 minutes, otherwise, together with pleasant sensations, you can get malaise.
- Be careful not to splash: if your skin also survives the mega-salty impact (unless it is freshly shaved - applies to both men and women!), Then the mucous membranes - eyes, nose, mouth - will not be particularly grateful for the salty hit.
- The coast of the sea and its many islands is very beautiful, so it is definitely worth taking a picture on them. Keep in mind, however, that the beautiful white glittering drifts is salt, and it is tough, hard and prickly. Be sure to wear slippers.
- You shouldn't swim in jewelry - ruin jewelry, precious metals and stones.
- And you shouldn't wear a swimsuit either: put on the one that you don't mind - it is quite possible that you will not be able to wash the salty white stains.
In the Dead Sea districts, SMAPSE specialists also advise you to see the ancient fortress of Masada and the mountain under the biblical name "Lot's Wife" - given the abundance of salt around, it is not surprising that such a name appeared here. But they are not united by desert landscapes: not far away you can find a real green oasis of Ein Gedi. The kingdom of greenery and clean water !