National Geographic : 1944 Dec
©G.Eric Matson In the Promised Land Seen by Moses, the Jordan Dies in the Dead Sea-Jerusalem's Towers Notch the Horizon (Center) Earth's lowest sea lies 1,286 feet below the Mediterranean, and its deeps plumb 1,300 feet more. Tradition saysitcovers Sodom and Gomorrah. As evaporation is the only outlet, the salt accumulation roughly measures the sea's age-an estimated 100,000 years. Only minute organisms exist initsbrine. Fish expelled into thesea by rivers quickly perish, but birds, contrary to legend, do fly over. Its jutting delta identifies the Jordan (page 742).