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Dead Sea Area

The Dead Sea Area is in part of the Syrian-African Rift Valley, in southern Israel with the Judean Mountains and Judean Desert on one side and western shore of the Dead Sea on the region’s eastern border. The area sees little rain fall and is a dry desert climate. The many sites in the region include the Dead Sea itself, which is a highly saline sea at the lowest point on Earth; Masada, an ancient fortress on a rock plateau; Ein Gedi, a desert oasis with lush vegetation and the cities of Arad, Dimona and Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. Also in the Dead Sea region are monasteries carved out of the mountains; the region was considered a perfect place for monks to find solitude.