The 12 Saltiest Places on EarthLearning
The most saline places on Earth contain significant concentrations of salts (mostly sodium chloride) and other minerals and typically surpass the salinity of ocean water.
What place or places are considered the salties in the world? Let's find out if the places you are thinking coincide with the list below. Let’s travel the world over and discover the saltiest places.
1.) Don Juan Pond – Antarctica
Lakes found in Antarctica are said to be the saltiest in the world and Don Juan Pond is one of these lakes. It is a small and very shallow hypersaline lake located in Victoria Land. This lake is regarded as the “saltiest body of water on earth” with a salinity level of over 40%. It’s 18 times the ocean’s salinity and has greater salinity than the Dead Sea and Lake Assal. In fact, the lake has no ice cover and doesn’t freeze even in winter indicating a high degree of salinity. It is also called Lake Don Juan.
2.) Lake Vanda – Antarctica
Another very salty lake found in Antarctica is Lake Vanda. This 5 km long and 69 m deep lake is just 9 km away from Don Juan Pond. The deeper waters of the lake don’t mix with the shallower waters and no fish species live on this peculiar lake.
3.) Garabogazkol Aylagy – Turkmenistan