Jessica: Hey, everyone! Today, I have your geo quiz and I think it is a tough one. So here is your clue:
There are dozens of land areas that sit below the sea level. Right now, I am on the lowest point on land. So, where am I? Is it:
A. Death Valley
B. San Julian’s Great Depression
C. Dead Sea
D. Qattara Depression
You are dead on if you said “C,” the Dead Sea!
The Dead Sea borders the countries of Israel and Jordan. Its shoreline lies about 1,300 feet below sea level, making it the lowest point on dry land on the planet.
The Dead Sea is also famous for another reason. When you go in the water, you automatically float. It is literally impossible to sink here because the water has the world’s highest concentration of minerals, like salt, causing you to bop around like a cork!
The Jordan River flows into the Dead Sea but no water flows out. High temperatures cause the water to evaporate leaving minerals like salt.
The high concentration of minerals also makes it virtually impossible for animals or plants to live here, and that is where it gets its name – the Dead Sea.
Alright, I’m going to continue floating while I toss it back to the newsroom!
- What is the purpose of National Geography Awareness Week?
- Where is the Dead Sea?
- Why is it impossible to sink in the Dead Sea?
- How did the Dead Sea get its name?