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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.

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