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Dead Sea
At the northern end of the Great Rift Valley lies the
Jordan Valley, the lowest point on the surface of
the earth.

At the Dead Sea, it is more than 400 meters below
sea level. The valley is typically Mediterranean,
with mild winters and hot summers. Because of the
low elevation; it is a natural greenhouse, rich in the
minerals and in water from the sloping Wadis (dry
river Valleys) nearby. In ancient times, the Jordan
Valley was one of the most fertile places in the
Middle East, and some of the world's oldest
civilizations sprang from this soil .Today a vast
network of dams and canals irrigate the region.
Signs of life are everywhere. Driving through,
especially in spring, you see a soft blanket of
wheat, flowers and vegetable gardens. The valley
also has profound meaning for religious travelers.
The Jordan River is known as the place in which
Jesus was baptized and near where John the
baptized lived.

The Dead Sea has historical and spiritual legacy of
its own. Not only is it believed to be the site of five
biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zebouin,
and Zoar, but it is also believed to be the site in
which the Essenes produced manuscripts, known
today as the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Today its eastern shore is sparsely populated and
serenely quiet. With much of landscape virtually
unchanged since ancient times, this is a favorite
sport for a holiday drive. Spend the day sunbathing,
swimming, or dinning. If you would like a more
leisurely stay, spend the night at comfortable hotel
that looks across the sea to the sea to the western
banks and up the Moab hills directly behind. Relax
in the gently lapping waters-you cannot sink! Treat
yourself to a soothing massage, or try well-known
healing powers of minerals from the sea's muddy
floor. The shores of the Dead Sea are also of a
growing importance as a winter health resort.