Why is Dead Sea called Dead Sea

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Things you dint knew about Dead Sea

The sea is called “dead” because its high salinity prevents macroscopic aquatic organisms, such as fish and aquatic plants, from living in it, though minuscule quantities of bacteria and microbial fungi are present. In times of flood, the salt content of the Dead Sea can drop from its usual 35% to 30% or lower.

Here a few amazing facts you would love reading about the Dead Sea.

Lower Point
Lower Point

 The surface and shores of the Dead Sea are 423 meters (1,388 ft) below sea level, making it Earth’s lowest elevation on land.

Highly Saline
Highly Saline

With 33.7% salinity, the Dead Sea is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. Although Lake Assal (Djibouti), Garabogazköl and some hypersaline lakes of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica (such as Don Juan Pond) have reported higher salinities.

 

One Can easily Float
One Can easily Float

The Dead Sea’s unusually high salt concentration means that people can easily float in the Dead Sea due to natural buoyancy. In this respect, the Dead Sea is similar to the Great Salt Lake in Utah in the United States.

The world’s lowest road, Highway 90, runs along the Israeli and West Bank shores of the Dead Sea at 393 m (1,289 ft) below sea level.

Article Source: TwistedSwifter

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