Reading newspaper in the Dead Sea

Reading newspaper in the Dead Sea

Being photographed while reading a newspaper in the Dead sea is quite a popular tradition.

Earth’s lowest elevation on land, the Dead Sea is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and Palestine to the west. Its surface and shores are 429 metrers (1,407 ft) below sea level. It is 304 m (997 ft) deep, the deepest hyper-saline lake in the world. With 34.2% salinity (as of 2011), it is approximately 9.6 times as salty as the ocean.

The saltiness of the lake makes for a harsh environment in which plants and animals cannot flourish, hence its name.

In recent decades, the Dead Sea has been rapidly shrinking because of diversion of incoming water from the Jordan River to the north. It is shrunk by 1/3 in the last 40 years. Photo by Pete (wikipedia)

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