- Dead Sea
- The lowest point on earth. Located about 30 miles east of Jerusalem and shared by Jordan and Israel, it is 49 miles long and 11 miles wide, has a 1,309-foot maximum depth, and is 1,299 feet below sea level. Its salty water has a high content of minerals and other chemical elements including magnesium chloride (52 percent), sodium chloride (cooking salt, 30 percent), calcium chloride (12 percent), potassium chloride (4 percent), and magnesium bromide (1 percent). One of Israel's major industries is the extraction of these minerals from the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea has also become a major tourist attraction for both Israeli and international visitors who seek to benefit from the medicinal value of its mineral waters. The peace treaty with Jordan and interim agreements with the Palestine Liberation Organization included provisions for the joint exploitation of Dead Sea minerals and tourism ventures.See also Economy.
Historical Dictionary of Israel. Bernard Reich David H. Goldberg. Edited by Jon Woronoff..
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DEAD SEA — (Heb. יָם הַמֶּלַח, Yam ha Melaḥ; Salt Sea ), an inland lake in central Ereẓ Israel. It was created in the Upper Pleistocene Age by the drying up of the Rift Valley Sea (except for the southern end which probably dates to historical times). The… … Encyclopedia of Judaism
Dead Sea — mid 13c., from DEAD (Cf. dead) + SEA (Cf. sea); its water is 26 percent salt (as opposed to 3 or 4 percent in most oceans) and supports practically no life. In the Bible it was the Salt Sea (Heb. yam hammelah), also Sea of the Plain and East Sea … Etymology dictionary
Dead Sea — the Dead Sea a large lake between Israel and Jordan. It is over 25% salt, so people can float in it very easily … Dictionary of contemporary English
Dead Sea — Dead′ Sea′ n. geg a salt lake between Israel and Jordan: the lowest lake in the world. ab. 390 sq. mi. (1010 sq. km); 1293 ft. (394 m) below sea level … From formal English to slang
Dead Sea — inland body of salt water on the Israeli Jordanian border: c. 390 sq mi (1,010 sq km); surface, c. 1,349 ft (411 m) below sea level (the lowest known point on earth) … English World dictionary
Dead Sea — • The name given to the lake that lies on the south eastern border of Palestine Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 … Catholic encyclopedia
Dead Sea — For the Brian Keene book of the same name, see Dead Sea (novel). Dead Sea A view from the Israeli side looking across to Jordan Coord … Wikipedia
Dead Sea — a salt lake between Israel and Jordan: the lowest lake in the world. 46 mi. (74 km) long; 10 mi. (16 km) wide; 1293 ft. (394 m) below sea level. * * * Arabic Al Baḥr al Mayyit Hebrew Yam Ha Melaḥ ancient Lacus Asphaltites Landlocked salt lake… … Universalium
Dead Sea — The name given by Greek writers of the second century to that inland sea called in Scripture the salt sea (Gen. 14:3; Num. 34:12), the sea of the plain (Deut. 3:17), the east sea (Ezek. 47:18; Joel 2:20), and simply the sea (Ezek. 47:8). The… … Easton's Bible Dictionary
Dead Sea — or biblical Salt Sea or Latin Lacus Asphaltites geographical name salt lake about 50 miles (80 kilometers) long on boundary between Israel & Jordan area 370 square miles (962 square kilometers), surface 1312 feet (400 meters) below sea level … New Collegiate Dictionary