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THE DEAD SEA
Dead Sea, Israel At 1,371 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on dry land in the world and the saltiest body of water. Because of its high salinity, there are no fish or aquatic life except for small quantities of bacteria and fungi.

Delta was the first submersible to dive in the Dead Sea for the NBC Television film "Biblical Mysteries: Sodom and Gomorrah."
  Delta expedition, Dead Sea, Israel
Delta in El Al rate After viewing NASA radar images showing anomalies on the floor of the Dead Sea, biblical scholar Michael Sanders believed they might be the remains of the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah mentioned in the Book of Genesis.

Sanders compared the images, taken in 1994 from Space Shuttle Endeavor, to a map published in 1650 showing the cities' locations and found that they correlated.
Rich, Doug and El Al passenger, Delta   
<i>Delta</i> at the Dead Sea In 1999, after obtaining permission from the governments of Israel and Jordan, Delta Oceanographics and the Sodom and Gomorrah crew arrived in Israel.

Israelis were treated to the unusual sight of the Delta submersible being transported by truck to the Judean Desert, passing through the ancient city of Jerusalem on the way.
  Delta arrives at the Dead Sea
Delta in the Dead Sea  
Delta in Dead Sea To compensate for the buoyancy of the salty water, Delta was loaded with 1,100 extra pounds of lead ballast and was able to explore the bottom of the Dead Sea at over 1,000 feet.

The expedition team found a large area of salt-encrusted structures, possibly man-made. Sanders wanted to explore further, but entry into Jordanian waters was refused. Delta's historical achievement, however, has paved the way for future scientific discoveries in the Dead Sea.
For the complete story please see
"Biblical Mysteries: Sodom and Gomorrah."
available on DVD and VHS.

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