Updated: Jul 16, 2019
The Dead Sea is getting smaller, saltier and ultimately disappearing under the heat of the Middle Eastern sun. The salty lake, which is the lowest point on Earth, is one of the most visited destinations in Israel. The water is said to be eight times saltier than the average seawater ocean. Float without a floating device and glance over the Jordanian mountains across the lake. It’s the perfect spot for a little moment of zen. The mineral rich mud from The Dead Sea is known for healing skin problems, but make sure you don’t have cuts (even from shaving) because it can be a painful experience.
Unfortunately, the lake is drying up at an alarming rate, and the surface level is dropping more than a meter a year. The water is getting thicker each year--a feeling akin to swimming in a pool of oil. The lake shore is filled with crystallized salt, and if you accidentally taste the water (which you shouldn’t do), it’s beyond salty—it’s super bitter.
Soils around the lake are drying up so much that many sinkholes are popping up. You won’t be able to see the sink holes as they’re usually covered by soil, making it is extremely dangerous. Some sinkholes can be as big as a car so you can easily be swallowed into the hole. This sinkhole situation has caused many Dead Sea entrance points to close, making it harder and harder to find the spot to go inside the lake.
The entrance to the lake near the Crowne Plaza Dead Sea is open to the public and there are showers. The Israeli and Jordanian government agreed in 2015 to jointly build a pipeline to restore Dead Sea by transferring water from the red sea. Let's hope that this will save the lake from disappearing forever.