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Dead Sea
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Belonging geologically to the Syrian rift as the continuation of the course of the Jordan River, the Dead Sea constitutes the lowest point on earth (approx. 400 m below sea level). With a length of approx. 85 km and a breadth of 17.5 km, it covers a surface of approx. 10,000 km2. Its northern basin reaches 400 m in depth, the portion south of the Lisan peninsula is flat and, today, almost dried up. Although the high salt content (28–33% instead of the normal 4–6%) prevents almost all life in the water, fresh water sources made veg…

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Zangenberg, Jürgen, “Dead Sea”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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