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You are joking,
is there any sea which is dead? No I am not. It is there.
There is one Dead
Sea located in the Jordan Rift Valley and is over 1300 feet below sea level
- the lowest point on the Earth. It is about 1300 feet deep. It is the deepest
hyper saline lake on the face of the Earth.
Now why is it called Dead Sea - because nobody can live in that sea.
It receives the water from many rivers including River Jordan - that is its main source. It rains there only 4" per year. But once it has received the water, its low lever has no outlet for its water to go out. It stays there. In its east are the Israel mountains and in the west too it has hills of Jerusalem.
Sea of Galilee
Now there is another sea nearby, the Sea of Galilee and it becomes the tale of the two seas. It turns out that the Sea of Galilee is just north of the Dead Sea. Both, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea receive their water from river Jordan, and yet, they are very, very different -like North Pole and South Pole.
Unlike the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee is pretty, resplendent with rich, colorful marine life. There are lots of plants and lots of fish too. In fact, the sea of Galilee is home to over twenty different types of fishes. The same region, the same source of water, and yet while one sea is full of life, the other is dead.
How come? Here might be a possible reason.
The River Jordan flows into the Sea of Galilee and then flows out. The water simply passes through the Sea of Galilee in and then out - and that keeps the Sea or we should say the lake, healthy and vibrant, teeming with marine life. But the Dead Sea is so far below the mean sea level, that it has no outlet. The water flows in from the river Jordan, but does not flow out. There are no outlet streams. It is estimated that over 7 million tons of water evaporate from the Dead Sea every day leaving it saltier than before, too full of minerals and unfit for any marine life. The Dead Sea takes water mainly from the River Jordan, and holds it. It does not give it to anybody. Result? No life at all.
Think about it. Life is not just about getting. Its about giving. We all need to be a bit like the Sea of Galilee. We are fortunate to get wealth, knowledge, love and respect. But if we don't learn to give, we could all end up like the Dead Sea. The love and the respect, the wealth and the knowledge could all evaporate. Like the water in the Dead Sea.
If we get the
Dead Sea mentality of merely taking in more water, more money, more
everything the results can be disastrous. Good idea to make sure that in
the sea of your own life, you have outlets.
Open the taps.
And you'll open the floodgates to happiness.
[Although animals etc cannot live in the sea, but for human beings it is a health resort. People suffering from respiratory diseases, skin disorders etc come here and get relief. Because of high content of salt, its water is so heavy that you can lie down on its water and read a book.]
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Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 09/23/13