What do you know about the Dead Sea?

Dead Sea
Photo: Nickolay Vinokurov / Shutterstock

Dive into the depths of the Dead Sea with this quiz that covers everything from climate to history.

Photo: Nickolay Vinokurov / Shutterstock
comments powered by Disqus
Woman floats in the Dead Sea
Photo: Dudarev Mikhail / Shutterstock

Question 1 of 12 Score: 0

Which of the following statements is false?

The Dead Sea is one of the sunniest places on Earth, with temperatures reaching over 100 degrees and never getting any lower than the 50s. UVB rays are weaker here.

Photo: Dudarev Mikhail / Shutterstock
Dead Sea saline deposits
Photo: Charles Roffey / Flickr

Question 2 of 12 Score: 0

True or false? The Dead Sea's shore is the lowest point on dry land.

Standing on the shore of the Dead Sea in Israel, you would be about 1,400 feet below sea level.

Photo: Charles Roffey / Flickr
The Dead Sea may hold the genetic answer to supporting life as the world's oceans grow increasingly more saline, scientists from Israel, Germany, and the United States say. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy.

Question 3 of 12 Score: 0

A fungus discovered at the Dead Sea has inspired research into what subject?

Israeli, German and American scientists are studying a fungus that grows in the Dead Sea to find out how it survives in such salty water. This could mean successful attempts at using saltwater in agriculture in the future.

Floating in the Dead Sea
Photo: valeriy tretyakov / Shutterstock

Question 4 of 12 Score: 0

How deep is the Dead Sea?

The Dead Sea is just over 1,000 feet deep, making it the deepest hypersaline lake in the world.

Photo: valeriy tretyakov / Shutterstock
Salt-covered rocks of the Dead Sea
Photo: tsaiproject / Flickr

Question 5 of 12 Score: 0

Ancient Egyptians used bitumen (asphalt) from the Dead Sea for what purpose?

Ancient Egyptians found asphalt bubbling up from the bottom of the lake and used it as part of their mummification process. Blocks of bitumen can still be found floating on the surface of the Dead Sea to this day.

Photo: tsaiproject / Flickr
Sunrise over the Dead Sea.
Photo: Ievgen Sosnytski / Shutterstock

Question 6 of 12 Score: 0

True or false? The Dead Sea is the saltiest lake on Earth.

The saltiest lake on Earth is actually the Don Juan Pond in Antarctica, with more than 40 percent salinity. The Dead Sea and a few other hypersaline lakes are up there on the list, however, with just over 30 percent salinity.

Photo: Ievgen Sosnytski / Shutterstock
Dead Sea at sunrise
Photo: Ido Meirovich / Shutterstock

Question 7 of 12 Score: 0

What kind of marine life can be found in the Dead Sea?

While the salt content of the water is too high for plants and animals to survive, scientists have discovered microbial life thriving at the bottom of the lake.

Photo: Ido Meirovich / Shutterstock
Dead Sea swimmer
Photo: Itamar Grinberg / Flickr

Question 8 of 12 Score: 0

How do people float in the Dead Sea?

People can float with such ease on the surface of the Dead Sea because the hypersaline lake is very dense due to its salt content.

Photo: Itamar Grinberg / Flickr
Woman using Dead Sea mud
Photo: kuzsvetlaya / Shutterstock

Question 9 of 12 Score: 0

Which of the following characteristics make the Dead Sea a center for healing?

The Dead Sea is a therapeutic place to visit because of its climate and rich minerals. The most popular beauty product from the Dead Sea is its muddy, salty mask that claims to purify and cleanse the skin.

Photo: kuzsvetlaya / Shutterstock
Giant salt cube
Photo: Screenshot / Youtube

Question 10 of 12 Score: 0

How does the Dead Sea salt form perfect cubes?

Photo: Screenshot / Youtube
Dead Sea
Photo: Nickolay Vinokurov / Shutterstock

Question 11 of 12 Score: 0

Why is the Dead Sea so salty?

Despite only getting about 2 inches of rain a year, the water cycle continues at the Dead Sea. As water evaporates, it leaves behind lots of salt.

Photo: Nickolay Vinokurov / Shutterstock
Dead Sea before dawn
Photo: vblinov / Shutterstock

Question 12 of 12 Score: 0

True or false? The Dead Sea is not a sea.

Though it is quite salty, the Dead Sea is not technically a sea – it's what's known as a salt lake. It's completely landlocked between Israel and Jordan, with only one source of water: the Jordan River.

Photo: vblinov / Shutterstock