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Salt deposits round Dead Sea sink holes, Israel

Salt deposits round Dead Sea sink holes, Israel

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Salt deposits at the edges of sink holes by the shore of the Dead Sea, Israel. The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordered by Jordan, the West Bank and Israel. At around 34 percent salinity, it is one of the saltiest bodies of water on Earth. At 418 metres below sea level it is also the lowest point on Earth. It is shrinking rapidly because of reduced flow of water from the Jordan River which feeds it. Sink holes form when underground salt deposits left behind by the shrinking sea either collapse or dissolve when fresh water seeps underground, causing the ground above to give way.

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