Scientists are still puzzling over
the geological factors that created the remarkable body of water known
Dead Sea, which lies further beneath sea level than
any other spot on earth. For visitors, there is no mystery.
This extremely dense and saline sea, which has a far greater concentration
of minerals than any of the oceans, and is unable to support any life
form, is the source of life-giving properties to all who choose to bathe
in it. Floating on the sea is not just fun, it relaxes the body and does
the skin and the joints a world of good. The therapeutic black mud, found
exclusively on the shores of the Dead Sea,does wonders for everyone's
The Judean Desert has always attracted
seeking spiritual refuge from the world. The archeological discoveries
at nearby Qumran, where the 2,000 year old Dead Sea Scrolls were discoverd
in ancient pottery jars, show us how the Essenes created their unique
settlements deep in the heart of the desert.