Salt pans by the Dead Sea

Salt pans by the Dead Sea

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Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Dead Sea salt pans. View from orbit of salt pans (centre) at the southern end of the Dead Sea (far right). North is at right. The pans have been isolated from the main body of water and are left to evaporate, which leaves valuable salt as a remnant. These salt pans are in Jordan, but the top of the image (west of Jordan) is taken up by Israel. The Dead Sea is so named as its high salt concentration makes it impossible for anything to live in it. This is due to the evaporation rate exceeding the inflow of water. The water level of the Dead Sea is over 200 metres below mean sea level. Photographed during Space Shuttle mission STS-028 on 10th August 1989.

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Keywords: 1989, basin, dead sea, earth observation, environment, evaporation, from space, geography, horizontal, inland, jordan, jordanian, middle east, pan, salt pans, sts-028

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