25mL vial of water straight from the Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea is located between the countries of Isreal and Jordan and is 304m (997ft) below sea level, which makes it Earth's lowest point on land. Due to its low elevation, waterflows in from the surrounding area, evaporates, and leaves behind deposits. This has caused it to become one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water with about 34% salt—9.6x the salinity of the ocean. This water is unable to support any life except for certain bacteria and microbial fungi. This sample was collected directly from the Dead Sea.
Tasting it won’t hurt you but be sure to drink plenty of fresh water to rehydrate if you do.
THE DEAD SEA
The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River.
Its surface and shores are 430.5 metres (1,412 ft) below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land. It is 304 m (997 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With a salinity of 342 g/kg, or 34.2% (in 2011), it is one of the world's saltiest bodies of water  – 9.6 times as salty as the ocean – and has a density of 1.24 kg/litre, which makes swimming similar to floating. This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which plants and animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The Dead Sea's main, northern basin is 50 kilometres (31 mi) long and 15 kilometres (9 mi) wide at its widest point.
The Dead Sea has attracted visitors from around the Mediterranean Basin for thousands of years. It was one of the world's first health resorts (for Herod the Great ), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from asphalt for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilisers.
The Dead Sea is receding at a swift rate; its surface area today is 605 km 2 (234 sq mi), having been 1,050 km 2 (410 sq mi) in 1930. The recession of the Dead Sea has begun causing problems, and multiple canal and pipeline proposals have been made to reduce its recession. One of these proposals is the Red Sea–Dead Sea Water Conveyance project, carried out by Jordan, which will provide water to neighbouring countries, while the brine will be carried to the Dead Sea to help stabilise its water level. The first phase of the project is scheduled to begin in 2018 and be completed in 2021.