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Postcard Perfect — By Rachel Greenberg on December 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Bordering Israel to the west and Jordan to the East, the water of the Dead Sea has 33.7% salinity -  making it 8.6 times saltier than the ocean. This means the water is incredibly buoyant, allowing swimmers the chance to experience virtual weightlessness unlike almost anywhere else in the world. Just watch out for any cuts on the skin, the salty water stings!

Along with the fun of floating, its shores are considered to have healing powers. In biblical times it was a “health resort” for King David, and its mineral-rich mud is still sold today as a cure-all for skin ailments.

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