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Jordan - Road into the Darkness next to Dead Sea

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If you always thought that Dead Sea is a kind of middle eastern peaceful pond where you will just float while reading your book (I did when I first came there few years back), think again. Early months in Middle East can be rather stormy. (We had experienced some snow in Jordan too). Weather across GCC was very changeable for last few weeks, which means the hot wave is just behind the door… and there we come again… 30C+,…. 40C+,…. 50C+….


The Dead Sea (Hebrew: יָם הַ‏‏מֶ‏ּ‏לַ‏ח‎, Yām Ha-Melaḥ, "Sea of Salt"; Arabic: البَحْر المَيّت‎, al-Baḥr l-Mayyit, "Dead Sea") is a salt lake between Israel and the West Bank to the west, and Jordan to the east. It is 422 metres (1,385 ft) below sea level, and its shores are the lowest point on the surface of the Earth on dry land. The Dead Sea is 378 m (1,240 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. It is also one of the world's saltiest bodies of water, with 33.7 percent salinity. Only Lake Assal (Djibouti), Garabogazköl and some hypersaline lakes of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica (such as Don Juan Pond and perhaps Lake Vanda) have a higher salinity. It is 8.6 times as salty as the ocean. This salinity makes for a harsh environment where animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The Dead Sea is 67 kilometres (42 mi) long and 18 kilometres (11 mi) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River.


Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens: 17.00 - 40.00 mm; Focal length: 19.00 mm; Aperture: 10; Exposure time: 1/250 s; ISO: 100


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Taken on February 27, 2009