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NO WONDER: The Dead Sea from the air this weekend. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen
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The Dead Sea has not been selected one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, despite Israel's eager efforts to get out the vote. The list, announced on Friday, stems from a phone/Internet poll organized by the Swiss-based New7Wonders Foundation.

The final tally on the new seven wonders - natural wonders - will be announced early next year, so technically the Dead Sea still has a chance.

The unofficial winners are the Amazon rain forest, most of which is in Brazil; Izuazu Falls, on the border between Brazil and Argentina; Jeju Island in South Korea; Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa; the Komodo Islands in Indonesia, home to species found nowhere else in the world including the Komodo dragon; Halong Bay in Vietnam; and the Puerto Princesa underground river in the Philippines.

Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov led the pro-Israel campaign. He said that despite the shortfall, millions of people saw the publicity about the Dead Sea, which will encourage investment in rehabilitating the area. The sea, at the lowest spot on earth, is shrinking due to the diversion of water that would naturally flow into it.

Although the precise numbers in the voting were not announced, the competition's founder, Bernard Weber, said the tally was many millions higher than in competitions for the seven man-made wonders. Weber's organization will hold a competition in the future on the world's most wondrous cities.

קראו כתבה זו בעברית: ים המלח מחוץ לרשימת פלאי העולם; הכירו את הזוכים