The Dead Sea, located between Israel and Jordan with parts in the West Bank, is a salt-lake in south-western Asia. Also called the Sea of Death, Salt Sea and Sea of Lot, the Dead Sea is the lowest waterbody on Earth, with the lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea’s water is about 10 times saltier than normal ocean water!
Here are some astonishing facts about the Dead Sea that you would want to know:
- It is the saltiest sea on earth. Some experts believe it will be gone by 2050, while others say it will never fully disappear but survive at a fraction of its current size
- It is a lifeless body of water. No fish, no insects or even plants can be found in The Dead Sea. Its salt concentration is a staggering 33.7 percent, 8.6 times saltier than ocean water, which is only about 3.5 percent salt.
- The Dead Sea is the lowest point on the Earth’s surface and has no outlet. Nearly 7 million tonnes of water evaporate from it daily.
- In dense, salty water, a little body displaces a lot of mass, and most of the body stays out of the water so, it’s hard to drown a person when most of their body is floating on top of the water. The Dead Sea water has a density of 1.24 kg/litre, which makes swimming similar to floating in this sea.
- At 400 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea is famous for being the lowest point on earth. It is also famous for its amazing healing powers. Float in it, slather it on, and feel the mineral-rich waters of Israel’s famous Dead Sea soothe your skin with their healthful properties.