What Is the Lowest Point in Asia?

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The lowest point in Asia, as well as the world, is the Dead Sea Shore, which straddles Israel and Jordan. It is 1,369 feet (417.5 meters) below sea level.

The Dead Sea, which is actually a saltwater lake, is so named because the extremely high levels of salt in the water make it difficult for any creature to sustain life within it. In fact, the water is so salty that it evaporates from the lake faster than it flows into it. It is also about 1,300 feet (400 meters) deep at its deepest point. People travel to the Dead Sea to bathe in its waters for their supposed medicinal properties.