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.