MNN Galleries

Celebrating 125 years of epic photography

Girl floats in the Dead Sea

Photo: Paolo Pellegrin/National Geographic

9 of 11

West Bank, Israel, 2009

Girls from a West Bank village cool off in the salty waters of the Dead Sea.

With its main tributary, the Jordan, at less than a tenth of its former volume, the inland sea has dropped some 70 feet since 1978.