Dead Sea

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A view from the Israeli side looking across to Jordan
A view from the Israeli side looking across to Jordan
Coordinates 31°30′N 35°30′E / 31.5°N 35.5°E / 31.5; 35.5Coordinates: 31°30′N 35°30′E / 31.5°N 35.5°E / 31.5; 35.5
Primary  inflows Jordan River
Primary  outflows None
Catchment  area 41,650 km2 (16,080 sq mi)
Basin  countries Israel
Jordan
Syria
Lebanon
Egypt
Max. length 50 km (31 mi)[1]
Max. width 15 km (9.3 mi)[1]
Surface area 605 km2 (234 sq mi)
Average depth 200 m (656 ft)[2]
Max. depth 306 m (1,004 ft)
Water volume 114 km3 (27 cu mi)[2]
Shore  length1 135 km (84 mi)
Surface  elevation −427 m (−1,401 ft)[3]
References [2][3]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.
A rough Dead Sea, with salt deposits on cliffs.
Reading a newspaper while floating in the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is a lake between the countries of Israel, Jordan and Palestine. At 418 metres (1,371 feet) below sea level, it is the lowest point on the surface of the Earth.[4]

The Dead sea is almost nine times as salty as the ocean.[5] That makes it impossible for most life to exist in it. This is the reason for its name. However, it is not completely dead, because some types of bacteria are able to live in the water.

Because the water is so salty, it weighs more than fresh water. That lets people float in the Dead Sea without any effort. Tourists come from around the world to float in the water.

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