The provisional New7Wonders of Nature were unveiled last week, ranging from the expansive Amazonian Rainforest to Table Mountain in South Africa. The New7Wonders Foundation announced the winning wonders last week, but results must be checked, validated and independently verified before the list is officially confirmed. The foundation aims to highlight the best, most beautiful and unmissable sites around the world and future campaigns will highlight, among other things, the world’s best cities. Here are the New7Wonders of Nature in alphabetical order as chosen by voters around the globe:
1) Amazon, South America: Encompassing over five million square kilometres and nine countries, the diverse and rich Amazon Rain Forest represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforest, and is thought to have the densest variety of species in the world.
2) Halong Bay, Vietnam: This unique bay features thousands of limestone karsts and islands and an expansive 120km coastline to explore. The blue waters surrounding the islands are home to floating villages, 200 species of fish and 450 different kinds of mollusks.
3) Iguazu Falls, Brazil: The magnificent Iguazu Falls straddling the border between Brazil and Argentina extend over 2,700m and are one of the world’s largest waterfalls. The surrounding national parks are home to hundreds of rare and endangered species of plants and animals.
4) Jejudo Island, South Korea: This unique and picturesque volcanic island is located 130km from the southern coast of Korea. Its claims to fame are Hallsan, the tallest mountain in South Korea, and a dormant volcano rising 1950m above sea level.
5) Komodo National Park, Indonesia: This National Park is home to the legendary Komodo Dragon and also features numerous volcanic islands. The park’s conservation efforts now also include several marine animals.
6) Puerto Princesa Underground River, Philippines: This navigable subterranean river is located about 50km north of the city of Puerto Princesa and features major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and at over eight kilometres is reputed to be the longest in the world, running directly into the South China Sea.
7) Table Mountain, South Africa: A natural phenomenon, and a prominent landmark in Cape Town, South Africa. Its unique flat-topped peaks reach 1,086km above sea level and exert a powerful and charismatic pull.