A Picture of the Dead Sea

Dead SeaFacts

  • Lake Name: Dead Sea
  • Location: Israel, Jordan and West Bank
  • Type of Lake: Saline Lake (saltwater)
  • Lake Size: 27 cubic miles
  • Average Depth: 653 feet
  • Maximum Depth: 978 feet

18 Dead Sea Facts for Kids

  1. The Dead Sea is a lake located in the Middle East, Western Asia.
  2. The Dead Sea is a saline lake, also known as a salt lake.
  3. The Dead Sea is found in Israel, Jordan and the West Bank.
  4. The Dead Sea is most well-known for being one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world.
  5. The Dead Sea is the 7th saltiest body of water in the world.
  6. The saline content of the Dead Sea is 9.6 times higher than in the world’s oceans.
  7. The high salt content of the Dead Sea makes it impossible for plants and animals to live in it.
  8. There are some bacteria and fungi that seem to be able to thrive in the Dead Sea.
  9. The high salt content of the Dead Sea gives it a density of 10.34 lbs./gallon.
  10. The high salt content of the Dead Sea makes it extremely easy for things to float on the surface.
  11. The maximum length of the Dead Sea is 31 miles.
  12. The maximum width of the Dead sea is 9.3 miles.
  13. The surface area of the Dead Sea covers 234 square miles.
  14. The shoreline length of the Dead Sea is 84 miles.
  15. The average depth of the Dead Sea is 653 feet and the deepest point is 978 feet.
  16. The Dead Sea contains 27 cubic miles of water.
  17. The Dead Sea has the lowest elevation point on Earth at 1,412 feet below sea level.
  18. The famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in caves near the northern shore of the Dead Sea.

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