Video encyclopedia

Dead Sea

Bodies of water

The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. Its surface and shores are 430.5 metres (1,412 ft) below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea is 304 m (997 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With a salinity of 342 g/kg, or 34.2%,, it is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean and one of the world's saltiest bodies of water. This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which plants and animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The Dead Sea's main, northern basin is 50 kilometres (31 mi) long and 15 kilometres (9 mi) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River.


  • Other extreme points of Earth 

  • Geography 

  • Natural history 

  • Chemistry 

  • Putative therapies 

  • Fauna and flora 

  • Human settlement 

  • Human history 

  • Tourism and leisure 

  • Chemical industry 

  • Recession and environmental concerns