The Dead Sea is located on the west bank of Israel and between Jordan. It is a hypersaline or salt lake that contains more than 8 times the salt present in the ocean waters. Because of this it is often referred to as “Sea of Salt.”
The Dead Sea also represents the lowest place on the surface of the earth. The lowest part of the area reaches down 1,378 feet (420 m) below sea level. The lake itself is 1,247 feet (380 m) making it the deepest hypersaline lake in the world.
The Dead Sea measures 42 miles (67 km) long and 11 miles (18 km) across. The Dead Sea gets water from various sources but the Jordan River is the primary tributary.
The Dead Sea is a candidate for the Seven Natural Wonders of Asia. It is also a candidate for the Seven Wonders of Israel. You can help the Dead Sea advance in the polls, but visiting the site and casting your vote.