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Q:
Why do people float in the Dead Sea?
- Carolien
Greenville, SC
A:
In order for you to float, the water that moves out of the way to make room for you must weigh as much as you do. Since you are lighter (less dense) than water, the water pushes you up enough for you to float.

The Dead Sea has a LOT of salt in it. Salt water is heavier (denser) than regular water. People can float in regular water, but since salt water is even denser, it is even easier to float in the Dead Sea.


Adam

(republished on 07/31/06)

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