NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite captured the Dead Sea in the Middle East. The salt lake is bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west, and is at 418m below sea level at the lowest spot on the Earth.

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Dead Sea’s main tributary is the Jordan River. Annual rainfall is scarcely 50-100mm and due to high temperature in the basin evaporation rate is higher than water provision which created salt density of 30% compared to sea water of 3%.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: Wikipedia

Reference: Getting Saltier (NASA Earth Observatory)
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