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Dead Sea in Jordan Rift Valley, Middle East

31.5N 35.4E

October 7th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Middle East - October 2nd, 2011

Visible parallel to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea is the Dead Sea, a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River.

Its surface and shores are 423 metres (1,388 ft) below sea level, the lowest elevation on the Earth’s surface. The Dead Sea is 377 m (1,237 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With 33.7% salinity, it is also one of the world’s saltiest body of water, 8.6 times saltier than the ocean.

Dead Sea in Jordan Rift Valley – June 22nd, 2011

31.1N 34.8E

June 22nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Middle East - June 20th, 2011

This wide-swath ASAR image focuses the Dead Sea, a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel/Palestine and the West Bank to the west.

It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River. The valley and river appear a lighter shade of grey.

The Dead Sea is 67 kilometres (42 mi) long and 18 kilometres (11 mi) wide at its widest point. Its surface and shores are 423 metres (1,388 ft) below sea level, the lowest elevation on the Earth’s surface on dry land.

 

Nile River Delta in Egypt and Dead Sea in Israel/Palestine

31.4N 35.4E

August 31st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Egypt - August 5th, 2010

Greenish sediments line the shores of the Mediterranean by the Nile River Delta in Egypt. The city of Cairo and numerous smaller towns appear as greyish tan dots in the green triangular space of the delta.

To the south, the Faiyum Oasis and Lake Moeris are visible just to the left of the Nile River. Further south, Lake Nasser is mostly obscured by clouds, but the Toshka Lakes can be seen to the west of it.

Moving to the right of the delta, across the Sinai Peninsula and into the Middle East, one can see the Dead Sea, in Israel/Palestine. The lower half of the sea appears lighter and more green in color due to the network of salt evaporation pans known as the Dead Sea Dikes that were constructed there.

Volcanic Fields, the Dead Sea, and Agricultural Areas in the Middle East – July 14th, 2010

31.4N 35.4E

July 14th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Volcanoes

Middle East - June 30th, 2010

Middle East - June 30th, 2010

The right half of this image stretches from southern Syria at the upper right, through Jordan (center) to Saudi Arabia (below). In the left half, following the Mediterranean Coast from north to south, are southern Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Part of the Red Sea can also be seen at the bottom.

Other areas of interest include an agricultural zone in Saudi Arabia, near the border with Jordan (best observed in the full image, in which the shapes of the individual fields can be seen); the Jabal ad-Duruz volcanic plateau, a dark brown patch in Syria adjacent to the I Es Safa hills (northeast of the volcanic field); and the Dead Sea, a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east, and Israel and the West Bank to the west.

Sun Glint on Sea of Galilee and Dead Sea

44.8N 73.6W

June 9th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Israel/Palestine and Jordan - June 2nd, 2010

Israel/Palestine and Jordan - June 2nd, 2010

The Dead Sea is a landlocked salt lake between Israel/Palestine and Jordan. Here, both the Dead Sea (below) and the Sea of Galilee (above) appear whitish silver due to sun glint.

The Dead Sea is the lowest body of water on Earth, it averages about 1,312 ft (400 m) below sea level. It is 50 mi (80 km) long and up to 11 mi (18 km) wide.

Its eastern shore is Jordanian, while the southern half of its western shore is Israeli; the northern half of the western shore is within the West Bank, occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War (1967).

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