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New Seven Wonders of the Natural World contest spotlights Dead Sea

I've been to the Great Salt Lake, but the Dead Sea takes salt to a whole new level.

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An aerial view of tourists bathing in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea at the resort area of Ein Boqek, Israel, Nov. 9. The Dead Sea is one of the 28 finalists in the New Seven Wonders of the Natural World global online campaign whose winning list will be decided via mobile phone voting that closes on November 11.

 


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A sunbather floats on the Dead Sea, north of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Shalem Nov. 9.

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An aerial view shows large salt formations in the southern part of the Dead Sea, near Ein Boqek, Israel, Nov. 9.

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A tourist covered in mud walks near the shore of the Dead Sea, north of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Shalem Nov. 9.

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An aerial view of a large sinkhole filled with salt formations on the shores of the Dead Sea, north of Ein Gedi, Israel, Nov. 9.

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An aerial view shows a close up of a salt formation inside a large sinkhole on the shores of the Dead Sea, north of Ein Gedi, Israel, Nov. 9. The sinkholes are formed when the surface gives way due to underground erosion formed by receding water levels caused by a lack of fresh water reaching the Dead Sea itself.