The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank
to the west. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River.
The lake's surface is 430.5 metres (1,412 ft) below sea level, making its shores the lowest land-based elevation on Earth. It is 304 m (997 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With a salinity of 34%, it is one of the world's saltiest bodies of water (9.6 times as salty as the ocean) which makes swimming similar to floating.
Prior to our visit, we were advised to avoid shaving that day and avoid swimming if we had any minor wounds. The salt content would cause significant stinging.
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