Dead Sea

geographical name
variants: or biblical Salt Sea or Latin Lacus Asphaltites \ ˈlā-​kəs-​ˌas-​ˌfȯl-​ˈtī-​tēz How to pronounce Lacus Asphaltites (audio) \

Definition of Dead Sea

salt lake about 50 miles (80 kilometers) long on the boundary between Israel and Jordan area 370 square miles (962 square kilometers)

Note: The Dead Sea contains the lowest point on the Earth's surface. Its surface is 1312 feet (400 meters) below sea level.

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“Dead Sea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dead%20Sea. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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