Floating Away in Jordan’s Dead Sea

Dead Sea

The water is barely past my knees when I realise no matter how hard I try, I can’t force my feet to the bottom.

I plonk my foot down more forcefully and feel an immediate return serve from the viscosity of the water. I stop and marvel at this new-found buoyancy, feeling everything move in slow motion.

Here, in southern Jordan, at the lowest point on earth — 430m below sea level — we’re bobbing like rubber duckies in the mystery of the Dead Sea, a landlocked body of water 10 times saltier than the ocean.

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