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# The elevation of Death Valley, California, is -282 feet. The Mississippi River in Illinois has an elevation of 279 feet. Which is closer to sea level?

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To find the absolute distance of the landmarks against the sea level, find the absolute value of each elevation mark. Find the absolute value of $-282$ $\text{ft}$ to find the distance of the death valley from sea level:

\begin{aligned} |-282|&=282 \\ \end{aligned}

Hence, the death valley is $282\text{ ft}$ away from the sea level.

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