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Places in news: Sea of Galilee


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Prelims level: Sea of Galilee

Mains level: Not Much

The Sea of Galilee, well-known in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic lore, has swelled up due to recent rains, according to reports in the Israeli media.

Do you know?

The Sea of Galilee Lake Tiberias, Kinneret or Kinnereth is a freshwater lake in Israel. It is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth and the second-lowest lake in the world (after the Dead Sea, a saltwater lake).

Sea of Galilee

  • The lake lies in northern Israel, between the occupied Golan Heights and the Galilee region. It is fed by underground springs but its major source is the Jordan River.
  • The lake has risen to 209.905 meters below sea level due to heavy rainfall in the surrounding areas.
  • The Jordan flows into the lake and then exits it before ending in the Dead Sea, the saltiest and the lowest point on the planet.
  • Water is not extracted from the Sea of Galilee. But it is considered to be an important barometer of the water situation in Israel.

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