The Dead Sea‘s salinity of 33.7 percent makes it 8.6 times saltier than the ocean. Bordering Israel, the West Bank and Jordan, it is 423m below sea level, making it the lowest place on land on Earth.
This amazing place is a tourist hotspot, more than 1m visitors a year visit on the Israeli & Palestinian side alone. The view from the shore is one amazing thing, but from the air, the strange salt formations in and around the lake is even more stunning.
Close up photos of salt formations at Dead Sea’s shore lines.
Photos by Baz Ratner, of Reuters, and others.