Lowest Point On Earth: Dead Sea
There’s nowhere else on Earth quite like the Dead Sea. Located in the Jordan Rift Valley, with Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west, this ranks amongst the saltiest bodies of water on the planet.
Some ten times saltier than the ocean, floating in the Dead Sea’s waters comes easily. Surviving there? That’s not quite so simple. Because the Dead Sea is so salty, life is limited, this a harsh environment that makes it all but impossible for plants and animals to thrive – hence the name.
It might be barren, but this inland ocean is a fascinating spot that beckons those with an interest in all things extreme. Lying 430.5 metres below sea level, the Dead Sea’s surface and shores count as the Earth’s lowest point of elevation. It’s also the deepest hypersaline lake in the world, another notable boast that marks this out as an extreme place indeed.
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