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The Dead Sea - The Lowest Point On Earth

Dead Sea Lowest Point

Measuring 1,300 feet (400 meters) below sea level, it's approximately 47 miles long and 11 miles wide. The Dead Sea is actually a lifeless lake. The lake is fed by the Jordan River and is located in the middle of Israel's Negev Desert.

It's one of the saltiest bodies of water on earth with a salt and mineral content of  30% or 5-9X greater than our oceans. The high salt content increases the water's density, which allows for floating. But it also prohibits the lake from supporting life.

The name is a clear nod to the salinity of its waters. The water's minerals and salts are known to have healing effects.

"Magnesium salts, the prevalent minerals in Dead Sea water, are known to exhibit favorable effects in inflammatory diseases." - Dr. E. Proksch et al., International Journal of Dermatology, 2005.

But beware: ingesting the water or getting it in your eyes can result in "High Level Burns".