Most people are well aware that the highest point on the planet is Mount Everest in Nepal. It is a staggering 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) above sea level. Many have set themselves the challenge of reaching the summit and such a feat is considered an outstanding achievement. However, the lowest point on the earth is not common knowledge and many people could not tell you its name and where it is located. So what is the lowest point on the earth? Read on to find out.
The Lowest Point on Land
The lowest point on earth that is not beneath the oceans of the world is the Dead Sea on the boarder of Israel and Jordan in the Middle East. It surface and shoreline currently measures 423 meters (1,388 ft) below sea level. The amazing thing about the Dead Sea is that it is becoming lower as water is diverted from entering the sea. In years to come it may be measured at even lower than it currently is. The Dead Sea is 67 kilometers (42 mi) long and 18 kilometers (11 mi) wide and377 m (1,237 ft) deep. It is the deepest hyper saline lake in the world. It is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water with a salinity of 33.7%. That makes it 8 ½ times more salty than the ocean!
The Lowest Point under the Ocean
The deepest part of the ocean on the earth is the Marianas Trench. It is estimated to be an amazing 10,971 m (35,994 ft) deep. The Marianas Trench is in the Pacific Ocean to the east of the Mariana Islands off the coast of Guam. It is 2,550 kilometres (1,580 mi) long and has an average width of 69 kilometres (43 mi).