Saturday, 31 July 2010

Sea of Galilee, Israel

Staying by water areas... Isn't this a gorgeous sunrise?!

I find the name of this area quite confusing... In English it's called the Sea of Galilee, but it's not really sea, it's a freshwater area! It's also known as Lake of Gennesaret, Lake Kinneret, Sea of Tiberias or Tiberias Lake. How can 'lake' and 'sea' be used so interchangeably?? I'll use 'Sea of Galilee' here for clarity's sake.

The Sea of Galilee, located near the Golan Heights, is the largest freshwater lake in Israel, and it is approximately 53 km in circumference, about 21 km long, and 13 km wide. The lake has a total area of 166 km², and a maximum depth of approximately 43 m. At 209 metres below sea level, it is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth and the second-lowest lake in the world (after the Dead Sea, a saltwater lake). The lake is fed partly by underground springs although its main source is the Jordan River which flows through it from north to south.

The smaller stamp is from a set of 4 stamps issued in 2003, representing National symbols, this one here being The Menorah (Candlestick). The second stamp is from a set of 2 stamps issued in 2008, commemorating 60 Years of Friendship between Israel and France.

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