Another connection; http://www.salt.org.il/tb.html
The following are related topics.
This site states that Dead Sea levels were 40 metres higher 2,000 to 3,000 years ago (approximately 130 feet).
http://exact-me.org/overview/p4144.htm This site shows a graph of the rise and fall of the water level in the dead sea going back to 200 BCE or so. If you notice the highest water levels are believed to have occured from 100 BCE to 50 BCE, a spike of huge proportions. you will also notice a gap in the record! To quote from the site; "The largest change in water level shown on the estimated historical hydrograph occurred between about 100 B.C. and A.D. 40. Within this period, the water level of the Dead Sea rose some 70 m, from about 400 m to about 330 m below sea level (where Qumran was inundated) in about 67 years; and subsequently fell some 65 m in about 66 years. A second large rise, not shown on the graph, occurred between A.D. 900 and 1100 and crested at about 350 m below sea level. Could these extreme changes in stage be explained by climate fluctuations?"
Note the spike ended about 40 CE, which corresponds to the times of Jesus, and the gap appears at this point. I project that historical problems prevent the scientists from making a reliable statement on this problem. Note that there is a gap from about 50 CE to 1,100 CE, and there are other spikes at 1,200 CE, 1,300 CE and about 1,580 CE! Ron
http://www.answers.com/topic/dead-sea From this site; "
The Dead Sea is not called "the Dead Sea" in non-European languages. In Hebrew the Dead Sea is called the Yam ha-Melah - meaning "sea [of] the salt." In past times it was the "Eastern Sea" or the "Sea of Arava." In Arabic the Dead Sea is called Bahr Lut meaning "the Sea of Lot" or Al-Bahr Al-Mayyet meaning "the Dead Sea." Historically, another Arabic name was the "Sea of Zoar," after a nearby town. To the Greeks, the Dead Sea was "Lake Asphaltites" (see below).......
Around 12,000 years ago this tiny puddle of the Lake Lisan minimum began to steadily grow again. By Biblical times the Dead Sea was about as large as its northern basin is today. There was no southern basin until the late Middle Ages.....
One of the most unusual properties of the Dead Sea is its discharge of asphalt. From deep seeps, the Dead Sea constantly spits up small pebbles of the black substance. After earthquakes large chunks, as large as houses, are produced.
The Dead Sea area has become a major center for health research and treatment for several reasons. The mineral content of the waters, the very low content of pollens and other allergens in the atmosphere, the reduced ultraviolet component of solar radiation, and the higher atmospheric pressure at this great depth each have specific health effects. For example persons suffering reduced respiratory function from diseases such as cystic fibrosis, seem to benefit from the increased atmospheric pressure.
Sunlight at the Dead Sea is high in therapeutic UVA rays and low in burning UVB, so extended exposure is safe and low-risk. The filtering effect comes from a thick atmosphere: the Dead Sea is over 400 m below sea level and the ozone layer above it is minimally depleted. The Dead Sea is the only place on Earth where you can sunbathe for extended periods with little or no sunburn because harmful ultraviolet rays are filtered through three natural layers: an extra atmospheric layer, an evaporation layer that exists above the Dead Sea, and a rather thick ozone layer-even though CFCs are gradually eating it away elsewhere. The light at the Dead Sea is said to be especially good for people suffering from psoriasis.........In times of flood the salt content of the Dead Sea can drop from its usual 35% salinity to 30% or lower. In the wakes of rainy winters the Dead Sea temporarily comes to life. In 1980, after one such rainy winter, the normally dark blue Dead Sea turned red. Researchers from Hebrew University found the Dead Sea to be teeming with a type of algae called Dunaliella. The Dunaliella in turn nourished carotenoid-containing halobacteria whose red carotenoids in the were responsible for the color change. Since 1980 the Dead Sea basin has been dry and the algae and the bacteria have not returned in measurable numbers." Thus at one time it was "the Red Sea!" Ron
The delta of the Jordan river was formerly a veritable jungle of papyrus and palm trees. Flavius Josephus described Jericho as "the most fertile spot in Judea." In Roman and Byzantine times sugarcane, henna, and sycamore all made the lower Jordan valley quite wealthy. One of the most valuable products produced by Jericho was the sap of the balsam tree, of which could be made perfume.
By the nineteenth century Jericho's fertility was a thing of the past.
The human history of the Dead Sea goes all the way back to remote antiquity. Just north of the Dead Sea is Jericho, the oldest continually occupied town in the world. Somewhere, perhaps on the Dead Sea's southeast shore, are the cities mentioned in the Book of Genesis which were destryoyed in the times of Abraham: Sodom and Gomorra and the three other "Cities of the Plain." King David hid from Saul at Ein Gedi nearby.
The Greeks knew the Dead Sea as "Lake Asphaltites," due to the naturally surfacing asphalt. Aristotle wrote about the remarkable waters. During the Egyptian conquest it is said that Queen Cleopatra obtained exclusive rights to build cosmetic and pharmaceutical factories in the area. Later, the wily Nabateans discovered the value of bitumen extracted from the Dead Sea needed by the Egyptians for embalming their mummies.
King Herod, Jesus, and John the Baptist were closely linked with the Dead Sea and its surroundings. In Roman times the Essenes settled in Qumran on the Dead Sea's northern shore. There, in the soft marl of the Dead Sea area, they carved out storage caves for their library. Two thousand years later their library was found and given the name "the Dead Sea Scrolls."
King Herod built several palaces on the Western Bank of the Dead Sea. The most famous was Masada, where, in 66-70 AD, a small group of rebellious Jewish zealots held out against the might of the Roman Legion.
The remoteness of the region attracted Greek Orthodox monks since the Byzantine era. Their monasteries such as Saint George in Wadi Kelt and Mar Saba in the Judean Desert are places of pilgrimage."
From this site; "
The high salinity of the waters in the Dead Sea prevents the existance of life in the water, hence its name. The name "Dead Sea" for the Hebrew "Yam Hamelach" (Salt Sea) was attributed by Christian Monks, astonished by the apparent absence of any form of life in the sea water. Recent scientific research however, discovered 11 types of bacteria in the water.
The Dead Sea is drying quickly. 2,000-3,000 years ago, the level of the Dead Sea was 360 meters below sea level. However, diversion of sweet water from the Jordan river since 1950, by both Jordan and Israel, has reduced to less than the half the flow of water from the Jordan river into the Dead Sea. Today, water evaporation is faster than the water supply and the sea is gradually shrinking. Over the last 30 years, water levels have dropped 25 meters.
This fall of the Dead Sea level has caused another strange and problematic phenomenon in the area. At points where rivers flow into the Dead Sea, (such as Nahal David and Nahal Arugot in the Ein Gedi area), the water is absorbed by the sandy ground and streams underground into the Sea. Because of the fall in the Dead Sea level, the underground rivers flow faster, and carry clay sediments: thus large underground caves have been formed, which sometimes collapse unexpectedly, and people have fallen down holes a few meters deep. This phenomenon causes great damages to tourism and local industries."
The below sites are somewhat esoteric;
What you really do not see in some of these more scientific reports is that they are literally forced to conform to contemporary history to make their observation fit. To have their scientific studies suddenly overturn the accepted history would make them become shunned by other sciences, since all other sciences have over the last 200 years or so, conformed to the accepted history of the world.
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