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13 of the most bizarre lakes in the world

By: Bryan Nelson on Sept. 13, 2010, 11:36 a.m.
The Dead Sea isn't very good for swimming.

Photo: Nirit Hann/Wikimedia Commons

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Dead Sea

The deepest hypersaline lake in the world, the Dead Sea is too salty for animals to flourish here, thus the name.

Its surface waters are also a remarkable 1,385 feet below sea level, making this body of water the lowest elevation on the Earth's surface. The salinity level of the Dead Sea also makes it difficult for swimming, but remarkably easy to float in.

In the middle of the 20th century, a collection of ancient, biblical scrolls were found in caves along the Dead Sea in Israel. The scrolls were well preserved in part due to the unique climate found here. The Dead Sea is also bordered by Jordan and the West Bank.