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Dead Sea contending for 7 Wonders of the World List

9 July, 20099 July, 2009 1 comments Geography Geography
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The Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, situated at 417 meters below sea level, is one of the finalists in the new competition of the seven great wonders of the world.  In a show or cooperation and support, the Tourism Ministries of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority individually signed the official supporting papers for candidacy of the Dead Sea.


The Dead Sea is also known as the Sea of Sodom and Gomorrah, two cities which were destroyed in Gen 19:1-29. There is nothing in the lake that breathes life, no fish or animal or any moving waters.

 

In 2007, the level of the Dead Sea was minus 421, almost the lowest in the last 2,000 years and each year the lake claims to be shrinking by 3 feet. More than 90 percent of the water from the Jordan and Yarmuk rivers that once fed the Dead Sea is now diverted to meet agreicutlural, industrial and tourist demands. the sea has no exit and water is lost due to evaporation.

 

The New 7 Wonders of Nature competition was launched in 2007 with about 440 sites from 220 countries (more than those competing in the Olympics). The Megillot Dead Sea Regional Council proposed the candidacy of the Dead Sea for the competition in order to promote tourism to the region and raise public awareness around the world of the problems facing the sea, which has lost about one meter in height every year for the past 30 years, mainly from the effects of restricting the flow of the River Jordan at the Degania Dam.


Other contenders for the title of New 7 Wonder of Nature include the Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon, the Galapagos Islands, Niagara Falls, Kilimanjaro Mountains, the Black Forest, the Maldives Islands and many more in seven different categories.

 

 

Comments

  • By Anonymous 3025 Days Ago
    1 point    
    "lowest in the last 20,000 years" - hmmm, that's interesting.
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