New 7 Wonders of Nature

The Dead Sea, the Great Barrier Reef, Grand Canyon, Uluru, IguazauFalls and 23 other miracles of natural creation – go try and pickjust seven! Is there any point in discussing the superiority of oneover another? Nevertheless, the list of New7Wondersof Nature has been announced, whether we think it’sunfair or not. The choices are still provisional as the votingcalculation is now being validated and the confirmed winners will beannounced not earlier than during the Official Inaugurationceremonies early in 2012. Here’s what we are expecting tofind among “the Great Seven”.

The Amazon

The Amazon

The Amazon. By Edson Cavalari

Encompassing seven million square kilometers and spreading over nine countries, the Amazon Basin comprises the most astounding and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest on Earth. Over 500 mammals, 175 lizards, over 300 other reptile species, one third of the world’s birds and about 30 million insect types compete for survival in the thickets of the canopy jungle. The life force of the rainforest – The Amazon River – is the largest river in the world by volume and for much of its path, it can be as wide as 11 kilometers. With a total flow greater than the top ten rivers worldwide combined, the Amazon gushes around 105 billion liters of water into the Atlantic every minute. Not a single bridge crosses the Amazon.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay
Halong Bay by Matthew Wilkinson

Countless tourists flock to Vietnamwith the sole purpose of witnessing the wonder of Halong Bay. Some1,900 islands and islets – mostly uninhabited and unaffected by humanpresence – make up for approximately 1,553 square kilometers of astunning seascape. Enormous caves and numerous lakes found insidesome of the islands are yet another factor that makes Halong Bay anunmissable corner of the world. Here and there, floating villages offishermen are supported by enormous karst formations – a picturethat dwells in the heart forever after.

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls. By Claudio.Ar

No words can describe the collective splendor of 275 falls makingup Iguazu. Found on the border between the Brazilian state of Paranáand the Argentine province of Misiones Falls, the semi-circular wallof gushing water extends over 2,700 meters and is surrounded by twonational parks that brim with rare species of wildlife. Two paths areavailable for tourist. Take the lower one leading to the base of thefalls to get sprayed all over or choose the upper circuit for anastounding panoramic view of Iguazu’s majesty – both options willleave you completely at a loss for words.

Viewing platform
Viewing platform. By Alan 1954

Jeju Island

Jeju Island
Jeju Island. By www.bogotobogo.com

Situated just off the southern tip ofSouth Korea, Jeju Island is a perfect getaway for those keen onhiking, catching sunsets over the ocean, riding horses or justwinding up on sandy beaches. Although tourism is taking a firmer andfirmer grip of the island, it manages to retain its paradisaicalquality and many of the facilities are kept low-key. A centralfeature of Jeju is Hallasan, the tallest mountain in South Korea anda dormant volcano, which rises 1,950 m above sea level.

Geumneung Beach - Jeju Island
Geumneung Beach – Jeju Island. By WSTAY.com

Komodo

Pink Beach of Komodo
Pink Beach of Komodo. By Ng Sebastian – Incito Tour

Initially established to conserve the endemic Komodo dragon, Indonesia’s Komodo National Park now protects the entire biodiversity of the three larger islands Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller ones, all of volcanic origin. Craggy hillsides, lush vegetation, snow-white beaches and azure waters surging over coral make up for a serene, multicolored vacation setting. The presence of the giant, aggressive lizards, however, gives the park a certain air of harshness and thrill.

Komodo dragon
Komodo dragon. By HennyHR

Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puerto Princesa Underground River
Puerto Princesa Underground River. By Storm Crypt

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River winds through a cave located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. A clear, inviting lagoon framed by ancient trees has formed at its mouth, but is not in the least bit foretelling of what you are going to see as you enter the abyss in a tiny rowing boat. Serene and sparking on the outside, the 8.2 kilometer navigable river takes you into a dark, sinister realm of overwhelming silence and giant karst formations. Molded over hundreds of years, the impressive stalagmites and stalactites often resemble real life objects and creatures. Until the 2007 discovery of an undeground river in the Yucatan Peninsula, the Puerto Princesa river was reputed to be the world’s longest subterranean waterway.

Puerto Princesa boat tour
Puerto Princesa boat tour. By Storm Crypt

Table Mountain

Table Mountain
Table Mountain. By Ian Junor

Table Mountain is a South African iconand the most recognized landmark of Cape Town. The flat-toppedformation with peaks reaching 1,086 m above sea level has withstoodsix million years of erosion and is the only natural site on theplanet to give name to a constellation of stars – Mensa, which isLatin for “the table.”  A distinguishing feature of its unique ecosystem isthe richest, yet smallest fl
oral kingdom in the world, including over250 different species of daisies! The mountain is discernible fromalmost everywhere in the city and yields some absolutely dazzlingviews of Cape Town’s fabulous beaches. A cable car ride to the top isan unmissable experience that forever throbs deep in the heart.

Table Mountain from up close
Table Mountain from up close. By warrenski

Here’s the full list of 28 finalists. Would you rather see something else among the Great Seven?

  • Amazon Rainforest and River
  • Angel Falls
  • Bay of Fundy 
  • Black Forest (Germany)
  • Bu Tinah Shoals
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Dead Sea
  • El Yunque
  • Galapagos Islands 
  • Grand Canyon 
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Halong Bay
  • Iguaçu Falls 
  • Jeita Grotto
  • Jeju Island
  • Kilimanjaro 
  • Komodo Island 
  • Maldives
  • Masurian Lake District
  • Matterhorn / Cervino
  • Milford Sound
  • Mud Volcanoes (Azerbaijan)
  • Puerto Princesa Underground River
  • Sundarbans 
  • Table Mountain 
  • Uluru 
  • Vesuvius 
  • Yushan


Comments

  1. it. Really, Jeju is nice, but it’s not even in the same league as Hawaii. It just so hapneps that some enterprising people in South Korea decided to play the corrupted system to their advantage. Kudos to them, but there are going to be a lot of upset people when they get off the plane and find out that Jeju isn’t quite the paradise that it has been billed as.But this type of marketing nonsense has been around for ages. Hell, next week, in the U.S., TVGuide is releasing its “fan favorite” TV series with three covers and huge coverage dedicated to it. They chose a show, “Community,” with next to no viewers and stuggling to stay on the air while ignoring the elephants in the room: NFL Football, “American Idol,” and “NCIS.” Really, how can this major magazine put out such utter garbage? Their voting system has to be flawed beyond belief for this to be true. But such is life, unless you call them out on it, people will do whatever they can to rob you blind while walking all over you with a smile on their faces at the same time.

  2. My day couldn’t start better than this- this collection of paradise pictures, the interesting bright-coloured creatures with which our planet is blessed made me feel being so lucky that I am here, now, surrounded by beauty.

  3. You can appreciate this wonderful gifts of nature by seeing and experiencing its wonder and grandeur not by just looking at the picture! and I highly recommended Puerto Prencesa as one of the most fascinating works of nature to be navigated.

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