Last updated: October 19, 2017 at 2:24 am
The Dead Sea is 430.5 m (1,412 ft) below sea level and its maximum depth is 304 m (997 ft). The lake bordering Israel and Jordan is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. The Dead Sea shore is also lowest area of exposed land in the world.
The level in the photo below has since been adjusted thanks to new satellite measurements and receding water levels. As of 2017, the Dead Sea shrinks by more than 1 m (3 ft) per year.
Long-Term changes in the Dead Sea. Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research – Israel Marine Data Center (ISRAMAR).
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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.