National Geographic : 1934 Apr
CHANGING PALESTINE Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams MOTORING BELOW SEA LEVEL IS FREQUENT IN PALESTINE To the visitor it seems strange enough to be driving by automobile from Jerusalem to Jericho, and there is another surprise as he descends past signs which indicate "sea level" in three languages English, Hebrew, and Arabic. This marker stands by the road to the River Jordan and the Dead Sea. Photograph by John D. Whiting DEAD SEA WATER FLOATS EVEN A HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION The extraordinary buoyancy of the water is due to its large salt content, five times that of ocean water. An important potash and bromine industry is developing from evaporation of the brine (see text, page 506).