Many places in Israel are as geographically significant as they are historically compelling. South of Jerusalem, for example, is the Dead Sea, some 1,300 feet below sea level-the lowest place on earth. Its salt concentration (ten times that of ordinary ocean water) and its richness in other minerals have made the Dead Sea a spa site since Roman times. The area's low pollution, weakened ultraviolet rays (since they have to cut through a "haze" of bromine and other gaseous elements over the ...

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