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The Dead Sea, the nature’s wonder

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The Dead Sea or the Sea of Salt is one of the natural wonders in the world with some surprising specialties. The dead sea is in fact not a sea but a lake which is being fed by the Jordan river. It is bordered by Jordan, Israel and West Bank. It is famous for its vast amount of salt and other minerals which made this watering body different from all other seas and lakes. Today, we are going to explore the Dead Sea.

Dead Sea quick facts and figures:

Name: Dead Sea, The Salt Sea, Sea of the plains, Sea of Salt.

Length: 67.4 km

width: 18 km

source of water: The Jordan river

Why Dead Sea is called Dead Sea?

The fact behind its name ‘Dead’ is that it has 8.6 times more salt than any other ocean in the world and because of the vast amount of salt living organisms like fish and frogs can’t survive in it but still some bacterias and other micro organisms can survive here.

Why is the dead sea so salty?

The Dead Sea is completely landlocked and it has no outlet therefore all the minerals in the sea remains there which makes the dead sea more unique.

Other amazing facts about the Dead Sea:

1- The dead sea is not only the second saltiest place in the world but also the lowest and one of the driest places in the world.

2- As there is no outlet in the dead sea, the only major source of its loss is evaporation, also some amount of water is absorbed by the earth.

3- Due to heavy amount of salt the Dead Sea’s density is so high that people cannot be drowned in it.

4- The dead sea is called as world’s largest natural spa that is being used for water treatments to cure many diseases.

5- According to the scientists, the Dead Sea came to existence about 300 million years ago.

6- The existence of Dead Sea is in danger because it is being used for commercial purposes.

   

Gippsland Lakes, The Lakes with glowing water

Gippsland, a beautiful rural block in southeast of Victoria, Australia is famous for many beautiful  and Breathtaking places and tourist attractions but most amazing of them is Gippsland Lake System having a Unique biological Phenomenon and at night the water has been given the blue glow because of this phenomenon.

About Gippsland Lakes:
Gippsland Lakes are a Lakes system having three magnificent lakes, some marshes and lagoons in
Victoria. Wellington, King and Victoria are the largest lakes of the system taking water by many
rivers. Its beach is called as Ninety Mile Beach because its about ninety miles. There are many small
Islands in the Lakes, one of them is Rotamah Island that is famous for amazingly beautiful variety of
birds. The Lakes are a relaxing and peaceful place for camping.

What happened with Lakes:

 

These mysterious glowing lights from the sea water were first noticed at the end of 2006 after a large area of alpine forest got fire leaving nitrogen-rich ash and dust behind. Within a couple of months after this bush-fire, more than a 100 millimeters of rainfall occurred on several parts of Gippsland and as a result all the nitrogen-rich nutrients flushed into the Gippsland Lakes. Due to this whole process, the Lakes experienced Bioluminescence.

 

What is Bioluminescence:

Bioluminescence is a rare phenomenon, in which a living organism “hybrid word” emits and produces light from its body in a result of a chemical reaction. These organisms produce two different chemicals, i-e luciferase and luciferin. The reaction of Luciferin with Oxygen results in production of light while luciferace helps them to speedup this chemical reaction. There are many other creatures who produce light in same phenomenon, fireflies are one of them.

If anyone of you have ever been to this amazing Lakes system, do share your experience with us.

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