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Alive in the Dead Sea


Ilze is taking a dip in the Dead Sea at Ein Bokek - not far from Masada. The Dead Sea – bordering Israel, the West Bank and Jordan – is a salt lake whith its water surface more than 400m below sea level,. Its famously hypersaline water makes floating easy, and its mineral-rich black mud is used for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments at area resorts. Note that Ilze's feet are actually drifting on the water.



comments (19)

  • Beth
  • United States
  • 3 Aug 2016, 02:44
Wonderfully captured!
Louis: Thank you Beth
Tes explications sont intéressantes.
Louis: Merci beaucoup, Martine.
this is a wonderful shot of Ilze Louis... i love the colours and the reflections...
i would love to bathe in the Dead Sea... i am a lazy kind of swimmer....petersmile
Louis: Then you would like it, because you can't do a lot, except luxuriate in a huge bath of minerals and you don't have to worry about drowning, peter.
  • Chad
  • Near Greenland
  • 3 Aug 2016, 05:35
That looks fun Louis, something I have always fancied doing.
Louis: It was great fun, Chad.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Aug 2016, 06:22
What an amazing thing to be able to do!
Louis: It was amazing - one sort of had to rethink your approach to water, Chris.
I actually have an almond oil/saltwater scrub from the Dead Sea, Louis, that is exquisite on the skin. I've made it last a long time! smile
Louis: The way my skin felt afterwards, left me with no doubt, that the water is good for you. Every stall in this area sells that stuff you are referring to - and cheap, I thought.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Aug 2016, 07:07
My first thought was: a bath in the Dead Sea - not too long, please!
Louis: Luxury, to sleep in this dense water smile
We used to be able to do this in the brine baths in Droitwich but they have closed. It is a wonderful feeling!
Louis: The skin is so smooth afterwards, one could easily convince me that it is healthy, Bill.
  • Ray
  • Not United States
  • 3 Aug 2016, 08:30
Great image, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ray.
Always fancied the experience myself
Louis: If you ever get near this place, do it, Martin
Keeping oaflot on the red sea!
Great capture Louis!
Louis: Not the red sea, but the dead sea smile Thank you Richard.
I am a great floater. In the Dead Sea, I would probably be on top of the water.
Louis: Heh, heh - let there be no wind on such a day, Mary.
i love the colour tones, Louis. i hope you put away your camera after this and joined in as well.
Louis: Thanks Ayush. I was in without the camera, then realised it would be safe to bring the camera along. This picture I took while I was floating, myself.
AS a poor swimmer this would be just about right foe me Louis. Is llze your partner/wife if it isn't rude me asking?
Louis: Poor swimmers fare well in this water. Brian. Ilze is of no relation to me. She was the treasurer of our tour group. We formed our own tour group, for the purpose of this visit to Israel. A bit of a long explanation, but we managed to cut costs to an unprecedented low level of £600 and made the tour affordable for tertiary students to join us. The price included flights, accommodation, breakfast, transfers and entries.
A nice shot, Louis, this looks very relaxing.
Louis: It is relaxing. The minerals in the water also has a soothing effect.
I understand that it is shrinking and one now needs to go quite a long way out to get to the water.
Louis: I understand the Dead Sea has much less inflow of fresh water, than the rate of evaporation. This causes shrinking of the Dead Sea. The upstream utilisation of water for domestic and agricultural purposes is just too much. For the same reason, the river Jordan is smaller and the sea of Galilee is also smaller, but the Dea Sea shrinks fast at a meter per year. Here at Ein Bokek, where we were, someone made a plan.

Few tourists are aware of the resort’s secret: the shallow water in front of the hotels isn’t the Dead Sea, which dried up here in the 1980s. It is a reservoir maintained by Dead Sea Works, an Israeli company that pumps water from the northern to the southern part of the lake, where it is evaporated to extract minerals such as potash and bromide—a process hastening the sea’s demise. We actually swam in an artificial lake, with the same water as what remains in the Dead Sea.
Floating on the lake... cool...
Louis: Absolutely - and it was winter ...
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands.. just below sealevel.
  • 4 Aug 2016, 04:54
This is a fun picture and I heard it is a great sensation to be able to 'float' on water... I know somebody who 'walked' on water....
Louis: The sensation is difficult to describe, but it is fun. Thank you Astrid.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Aug 2016, 12:32
It must be a really strange experience, almost weightless I guess.
Louis: "Strange" is the word. Floating on your stomach or back is easy. But going from a back to a stomach position (or vice versa) is very difficult, as the density of the water fights the working of your arms and legs during the manoeuver. Where the water is deep enough, you can go into a standing position and just hang there, without touching the bottom.

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