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This SPOT-6 image, acquired during the satellite's commissioning phase in 2012, shows the Dead Sea, which borders Israel, Jordan and Palestine.

Also known as the "Salt Sea", this lake is one of the saltiest in the world, with 33% salinity. This gives it a salt content higher than that of the ocean.

This high salt content also makes it a difficult place for life to grow, which is what earned the location its famous name.

Another aspect of this salinity is that swimming in the lake is akin to floating, which combined with the therapeutic qualities of the lake make it a popular destination.

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Credit: Astrium Services 2013

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