The Dead Sea, which lies between Israel (and the West Bank) and Jordan, is the lowest point on earth, reaching depths of 13,000 feet (3,900m) below sea level. This enclosed body of water's high salt content makes it impossible for any kind of plant or animal life to survive. For humans, however, the rich accumulation of salt and minerals is highly beneficial, especially for the skin. In addition, the high concentration of salt makes it nearly impossible for even the most inexperienced of swimmers to drown in the sea's waters. The town of Suweimeh offers accommodations for those wishing to spend one or two nights along the sea. There are also numerous plans underway to develop additional towns, including Zara and El Mazra'a, into major tourist resorts. A new coastal highway, linking Jordan to Aqaba, runs the length of the Dead Sea.