Photograph of bromine chemical fumes venting above the refinery of the Dead Sea Works at Sidom, Israel
Photograph of orange-colored bromine chemical fumes venting above the refinery of the Dead Sea Works at Sidom, Israel on the shore of the Dead Sea. Bromine vapors are toxic and corrosive. Bromine, potash, salt, magnesium chloride, and other chemical products are harvested by Israeli and Jordanian industries from the shallow mineral rich waters of this inland lake. The Dead Sea is the deepest hypersaline lake and the shore is the lowest dry land in the world. The sea is in the Jordan Rift Valley and the salinity is much greater than oceans. Photograph by Nathan Benn taken February 20, 1976.