The Dead Sea is a lake lying between the countries of Israel, Jordan and Palestine. At 418 m (1,371 ft) below sea level, it is the lowest point on the surface of the Earth. It is almost nine times as salty as the ocean 
The Dead Sea is very salty, which makes it impossible for most life to exist in it. This is the reason for its name. However, it is not completely dead, as some types of bacteria are able to live in the water.
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