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April 8, 2010April 8, 2010  1 comments  Geography

The lowest point on Earth is also the site of one of the world's greatest treasures and an amazing place to visit when you are in the Holy Land. However, even more than that, it's also set to (potentially) become one of the seven new wonders of the natural world. What is it you ask? Why the Dead Sea of course.

Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is one of the most unique places in the world. In essence, it is a heavy salt sea where you don't go swimming, but instead, you simply go and float in the water. Even if you don't know how to keep yourself aloft, you'll be able to do so in the Dead Sea because of the unique properties of the water. The water is heavily concentrated with salt, so much that when you go into the water you would actually float on a river of salt.

For obvious reasons however, you should be sure to protect your eyes. In fact, the properties of the Dead Sea are related to a Jewish tradition which illustrates how people felt about the Dead Sea thousands of years ago at the time of Jesus and before. Some Orthodox Jews practice an ancient tradition to wash their hands after a meal; the tradition is called "Mayim Achronim," literally, the "after waters." The primary reason for the tradition was because most of the salt in Israel came from the Dead Sea and since it was so strong, if you got some in your eyes, it could cause damage to the cornea.

Now what about this business of it being a new wonder of the world? Well the New 7 Wonders organization is holding a competition online to decide what the world's most unique seven natural wonders will be. The Dead Sea is one of the finalists and is actually a fairly unique entry, even in a competition dedicated to unique things.

The reason why it's considered so unique (besides the obvious) is that it is an entry directly born of the peace process between Israel and her Arab neighbors. The New 7 Wonders competition requires national governments to put forward applications for places located within their borders. In the case of the Dead Sea, it has three distinct borders. The first of course is right here in Israel. The second one is in Jordan and the third is in the Palestinian Authority. The two countries of Israel and Jordan and the country-in-waiting (for lack of a better term) of Palestine all had to work together to make the entry a reality, making the Dead Sea a true symbol of peace in the Holy Land.

So next time you visit Israel, drop by and take a float in the Dead Sea. And while you're at it, visit the New 7 Wonders competition and vote for peace and Israel:


May 31, 2010May 31, 2010  0 comments  Geography

Cast your vote for the Dead Sea as one of the World's Seven Wonders!


Have you ever floated in the Dead Sea or emerged from the salty waters with baby soft skin only to think what a wonder it was? That very same body of water is up for a vote now to become one of the world's new seven wonders in an international campaign.



"The Dead Sea is one of Israel's natural and tourism treasures that offers an experience rich in history, archaeology and wellness to its many fans around the world who have been casting their votes since the campaign began," said Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov,


Visitors to Israel have long known that the Dead Sea has much to offer besides a proverbial view of Lot's wife who turned to view the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra and turned into a pillar of salt. The sea, with a high salt content of 30 percent that enables swimmers to float effortlessly, is also rich in minerals that are therapeutic for bones, muscles and skin. In fact, some people stay at the Dead Sea resorts for a week of therapy for various conditions.



The Dead Sea, considered the lowest place on earth at 1,385 feet below sea level, is pitted against 28 finalists in the New7Wonders campaign. Other contenders include the Amazon River, the Galapagos Islands, the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef and the Maldives. The campaign ends on 11.11.11. The winning seven will need an estimated 300 to 400 million votes.



You may cast your vote for the Dead Sea online at this link (http://www.new7wonders.com/community/en/new7wonders/new7wonders_of_nature/voting). If you have an in Israeli cell phone, you may vote for the Dead Sea by sending a text message in English, Hebrew or Arabic with the words Dead Seato the number 2244.


A direct link to the Dead Sea's Seven Wonders page is here (www.new7wonders.com/deadsea ). You may view and upload photos, videos and slogans to support the campaign for the Dead Sea to be chosen as one of the Official New7Wonders of Nature. Visitors can also start and participate in chat forums, building online communities around the campaign to get the Dead Sea elected as one of the Official New7Wonders of Nature.


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