Salt is building up in the bottom of the Dead Sea • Earth.com

Last update: September 19th, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Dead Sea, which has a salt concentration that is nearly ten times the level found in any ocean. 

Over the past two to three decades, water levels in the Dead Sea have dropped by about 1.2 meters per year. This makes the water even saltier across the surface. 

Researchers have found that salt is raining down from the warm surface waters to the bottom of the lake, where it has been accumulating by about four additional inches each year. 

This image was captured on July 21 2019 by the Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite. 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 

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