Is There Any Life in the Dead Sea?

The Dead Sea is one of the strangest areas of water to be found on the earth. Millions of years ago, the Dead Sea was about 420 meters higher than it is today, and so it was on a higher level than the Mediterranean.

At that time, lift did exist in it. But then a great dry period came, and so much of it evaporated that the sea gradually shrank in size to its present state.

One of the most amazing things about the Dead Sea is the amount of salt it contains. Normal oceans water contains about 4 to 6 per cent of salt it contains. The dead sea contains 23 to 25 per cent of salts! If you taste this water, it is not only salty, but it may make you feel sick because of the magnesium chloride in it. The water also has a smooth, oily feeling because of the calcium chloride in it.

No animal life can exist in the Dead Sea. The River Jordan flow into it, bringing fish along with it. But the fish die, furnishing food for the sea birds.

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