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Why Is the Dead Sea So Salty?

The Dead Sea. Photo source: © SAF — Coastal Care


Bordered by Jordan to the east and by Israel and Palestine to the west, the Dead Sea is a landlocked lake rather than a true sea, and is recognized as one of the saltiest bodies of water on Earth.

Most ocean water is typically about 3.5 percent dissolved salts, according to NOAA, which estimates that the water in the Dead Sea is five to nine times as briny as seawater…

Read Full Article, LiveScience (09-09-2016)

Dead Sea drying: A new low-point for Earth, BBC News (06-17-2016)
The Dead Sea is gradually shrinking under the heat of the Middle Eastern sun. For those who live on its shores it’s a slow-motion crisis – but finding extra water to sustain the sea will be a huge challenge…

Why Dangerous Sinkholes Keep Appearing Along the Dead Sea, LiveScience (04-08-2015)
For millennia, the salty, mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea have drawn visitors and health pilgrims to its shores. But in recent years, gaping chasms have been opening up without warning along its banks, posing a threat to such visitors and tourism in general…


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