to geographical similarities
parts of the planet
For instance, there is a river
in the Mideast
called the Jordan River
. It flows southward
and empties into the Dead Sea
, a body of water
so full of salt
as to prevent all but the hardiest
of creatures (such as tiny brine shrimp) from existing in it or nearby.
, is located a similar situation. Salt Lake
is located north of Salt Lake City
, into which the northward
flowing Jordan River
dumps its water. While the size of Utah's salt lake and river are much smaller than that of the Middle Eastern
Dead Sea and its associated river, it can be considered a geographical reflection which has many more parallels than what is listed here.
It is probable that this was the reason that early pioneers (notably Mormons
, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
) named this river the "Jordan River".