0
5

[–] curomo 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Why did the title say boats can't float while the article says they have sailboat races on the lake?

0
1

[–] PaulNeriAustralia [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Good point.

1
2

[–] Annelise 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Sailboats have deeper keels which provide them greater stability. Small boats for rowing (probably with a rounded hull profile) and those made from goatskin stretched on a frame would be fairly unstable. A flat bottom boat wouldn't be bad, I think.

0
4

[–] lemon11 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

This 2013 article is what the BBC cribbed this tale from: http://englishrussia.com/2013/08/04/dead-sea-of-pamir/

How salty is it? I found https://www.academia.edu/17113640/Modern_hydrology_and_late_Holocene_history_of_Lake_Karakul_eastern_Pamirs_Tajikistan_A_reconnaissance_study which shows measurements between 7.5 and 10g/L, whereas seawater is as little as 31 (in g/kg which is approximately the same as g/L of water).

So it's so salty that... it's a third the salinity of seawater, which is a tenth of the Dead Sea. Maybe there are other dissolved solids which would explain more density, I didn't see anything at a glance in that paper. But the BBC didn't do one iota of original research beyond that seven-year-old source article. Shameful.

1
0

[–] StudSupreme 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

There are amazing places to see in the world.

Too bad so many of them have food and water that smell of cholera from 10 feet away...