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In the south-east of Israel, about 400 meters below sea level there is a salty lake which is the lowest point on earth in any land mass (417 meters below sea level, to be exact). Thanks to its unique elements of nature, life and quality of life, the living at the Dead Sea area are unlike any other place in the world. The quantity of water that dissolves from it is greater than the one which flows into it and makes it the highest concentration of salt in the world (340 grams per liter of water).
It is called the Dead Sea because of its salinity that prevents the existence of any life forms within the lake. Then again, that same salt provides tremendous relief to the many ailing guests who come habitually to benefit from the healing properties. All these and more make the Dead Sea so fascinating, so different and so interesting.
Sea salts are produced from the southern part for industry, and in the northern section are used for the benefits of tourism and good health. The mixture of the salts and minerals in the water are what make it so unique and helpful for the body.
The sea bed also has stratums of black mud that is easy to spread on the body and provides nourishing minerals for the skin. The bromide in the air is also valuable for the body's systems, what make the Dead Sea a provider for good health and healing for tourist from all over the world.
It is a truly precious national treasure. The western shore (inside Israel's borders) has organized beaches and bathing areas that provide you with easy access to the water. Besides, two of the therapeutic beaches (Neve Zohar and Ein Bokek) big tourism centers have been established, giving the most indulging tourism services.
One can find dozens of hotels and guest houses, restaurants and shopping centers, as well as startling tourism enterprises that offer a wide range of challenging activities (such as: jeep and bicycle tours, camel tours and Bedouin hospitality, rappelling and more), together with art and cultural activities (galleries and artists' studios), and of course the one of a kind agriculture that tailored to the local climate.
The Dead Sea is located on the edge of the Judean Desert, a hot, infertile region at the foot of Ha-He'etekim cliff, which has become an important center of desert tourism, as well. The coastline is dotted with many springs, surrounded by wild plant life. The special mixture between desert landscapes and oasis with plentiful water, plants and animals that has shaped in this place draws numerous tourists to sites such as Mt. Sdom, Nakhal Darga, the Ein Gedi nature reserve and the Einot Tsukim (Ein Fashkha) reserve.
There are also some purely historic sites of substantial importance in Israel's history, which preserve the ancient allure of this area. Amid the most famous sites are the Massada fortress, ancient Ein Gedi and the Qumran cave site where ancient scrolls were found, including the Dead Sea scrolls, which offer some insights into early Christianity and the Essenes sect that lived at the site and is considered to be the origin of Christian monasticism.