Saturday, 17 September 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM ISRAEL

Eilat Lighthouse is located on a bluff on the west side of the Gulf of Aqaba, about 7 kilometers (4.3 mi) southwest of the port of Eilat, Israel and 1.2 kilometers (0.75 mi) northeast of the Egyptian border (29° 30' 00" N 34° 55' 00" E). It is a 9 m (30 ft) round 5-legged skeletal tower painted white with black trim and a black band around each of the legs.
 Israeli Postal Administration issued on June 30, 2009 a 2.30 ILS stamp presenting the Dead Sea, a national and global natural treasure which attracts around 1.2 million foreign tourists a year. The Dead Sea, also called the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel to the west. It is the lowest place on the face of the Earth, currently situated 422.22 meters below sea level. With 33.7% salinity, it is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean. Its salinity allows for a unique floating experience and the minerals found in the water and in the mud along the shore provide added health benefits while bathing.
The Dead Sea is shrinking dramatically due to human decisions to siphon off its waters. One of the main reasons for the sea's shrinkage is the diversion of water. Ninety percent of the waters that flow from the Jordan River, which traditionally supplies the Dead Sea, are diverted for drinking and agriculture in Israel and Jordan.

The stamp shows an ibex along a rocky cliff in the Judean Desert, a section of the Dead Sea with salt “sculptures”, a floating tourist, the Dead Sea against the background of the Dragot Cliffs and the Edom Mountains in Jordan.

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