Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Dead Sea in Israel

The Dead Sea

Postmarked in 2008 with 11 Israel stamps!

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The Dead Sea, also called the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. Its surface and shores are 423 metres (1,388 ft) below sea level,  Earth's lowest elevation on land.

It is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean.  This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which animals cannot flourish, hence its name.

Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David. It was one of the world's first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from balms for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilizers.

Israel stamps 2001
Hebrew Alphabet - 10
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Israel stamp 2007
Wingate Institute - 3.00

The Wingate Institute is a sports training facility located south of Netanya, Israel, established in 1957. Named after Orde Wingate, the facility serves as the host facility for numerous Israeli national teams as well as a military training base.
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Israel stamp 1986
Dr. Th. Herzl 5

Theodor Herzl (May 2, 1860 – July 3, 1904), was an Ashkenazi Jewish Austro-Hungarian journalist and the father of modern political Zionism.

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