Thursday Travel Picture: Swimming in the Dead Sea

Looks fun doesn’t it?

This photograph was taken by a Swedish photographer called Rottan in Decrmber 2014. He uploaded it and other photographs to Pixabay. All the images and videos on Pixabay are released under Creative Commons CC0. It means we are free to adapt and use them for commercial purposes without attributing the original author or source – it’s a wonderfully generous resource.

Salinity is a measurement of the saltiness of water, usually expressed in parts per thousand by weigh. So, for example, sea water is on average about 35 g/kg. The Dead Sea has a salinity of more than 200 g/kg. That makes it one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. Not THE saltiest though. It is usually reckoned to be in third place after Lake Assal in Republic of Djibouti,a country on the borders of the Red Sea, Eritrea and Ethiopia .

The winner is Don Juan Pond in Antarctica which is 18 times saltier than the sea and 1.3 times saltier than the Dead Sea. Because it is so salty, it never freezes but you can’t swim in it. It is so shallow it should really be called the Don Juan Puddle…

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