The Planet’s most incredible locations were created by nature! These “natural wonders” sustain diverse ecosystems. Today’s featured natural wonder: the Dead Sea (Sea of Salt)!
DEAD SEA 🌍 Landlocked salt lake located in Jordan Rift Valley. 🌍 Deepest hypersaline lake in world with shores that are lowest point on Planet’s surface. 🌍 Surface 430.5 m (1,412 ft) below sea level, 304 m (997 ft) deep, with salt concentration over 33% (almost 10 times saltier than oceans) so humans float in it! Also discharges asphalt, which was used in Egyptian mummification.
ECOSYSTEM 🌍 No macroscopic aquatic organisms (e.g., aquatic plants and fish). 🌍 Supports unique, complex, vibrant ecosystem in surrounding areas (e.g., oases and mountains). 🌍 Wildlife species include: 🐐 Ibex, Leopard, and Hyrax 🐦 Over 300 species, like Stork, Pelican, and Honey Buzzard
THREATS ❗Shrinking quickly. ❗Falling water levels leave behind salt deposits and are followed by groundwater level changes with resulting sinkholes. ❗Efforts underway to reduce recession and stabilize water level.
SO FAR (Y)OUR DONATIONS HAVE:
Protected 1,195 acres of tropical rainforest and other critical habitat and kept 176,262 mT of carbon dioxide equivalents safely stored.