Dead Sea

The Dead Sea, also called the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel to the west. Its surface and shores are below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea is deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With 34.2% salinity, it is also one of the world's saltiest bodies of water, though Lake Vanda Antarctica, Lake Assal , Lagoon Garabogazköl in the Caspian Sea and some hypersaline ponds and lakes of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica have reported higher salinities. It is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean. This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which animals cannot flourish, hence its name.

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