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7 Wonders of Nature
Celebrating the New 7 Wonders of Nature!
There can never be too much celebration of the natural wonders of the world! These newest selections were voted on, and some locals campaigned heavily to win. Still, I cannot help but agree that these are indeed 7 awesome natural wonders of our incredible planet. The competition was tough, and I admit I have a few favorites who didn't win. (I think I may sneak them in to this lens anyway... as my personal honorable mentions)
Taking a close look at each of the chosen wonders and some of my other favs, I hope you'll talk up your favorite picks too!
I want to keep those original 7 in the loop as well, so we'll take a look at what started the whole process too!
Photo: Iguazu Falls by Luiz Henrique AssunÃ§Ã£o
And the Winners Are: - The New 7 Wonders of Nature
Here are the (hopefully soon to be official) New 7 Wonders of Nature. As of this writing there are two still listed as "provisional".
While the process has faced some criticism, over all, I think the choices are well deserved. I voted myself, and can attest that the process seemed fair. I was not allowed to vote twice (yep, I had my favorites!) and the fact that many of the winners campaigned heavily only adds to the charm to me. If someone has great national pride for natural wonders in their backyard, the more likely, in my book, they are invested in protecting it!
Thanks to all involved for a fun contest and congratulations to all involved!
- Table Mountain, South Africa
6 Million years strong, this beautiful sandstone mountain is famous for it's picturesque view, especially when covered by clouds, like a "table cloth". The giant rock formation is much more than a beauty to behold, however. She is a grand mix of fantastic sandstone caves, Beautiful and rare flora, and a rich archaeological history
- The Amazon Rainforest and River Basin (Amazonia)
Nearly 2 Billion Acres of the richest rain forests on the planet, the Amazon touches 9 nations and "represents more than half of the world's remaining rain forests". The Amazon River is the largest river in the world, by volume. Interesting fact: The Amazon has no bridges across it!
- The Puerto Princesa Underground River
Fascinating and incredible limestone caverns with a river flowing through... create a unique and truly magical place in Palawan, Philippines. The underground river flows beneath a beautiful cave system which opens to the South China Sea. The views take your breath away, even in photographs and video!
- Ha Long Bay
Hop on a modern Junk Boat and take a tour of incredible limestone geologic formations jutting out from the Sea of Ha Long Bay. These unique and fascinating islands are uninhabited and unspoiled... offering a chance to observe the natural changes of these incredible formations as they occur.
- Komodo National Park
Preserving the Ancient Komodo Dragon and his unique rare species friends, the three island archipelago of Komodo National Park is a sanctuary rich in natural wonders. The park is a testament to the protection and preservation of marine biodiversity.
- Iguazu Falls
Incredible set of falls and small islands on the Iguazu River between Brazil and Argentina. The immense volume and intensity of the water creates a permanent fog, when combined with sunbeams, add to the panorama with beautiful rainbows.
- Jeju Island
Jeju is the southernmost province of South Korea, and is made up entirely of this oval-shaped volcanic island. Being cut off from the mainland for many years, the islanders developed their own culture and dialect.
Komodo National Park
The Dragon Lives!
The people who led the campaign for Komodo were passionate about the Komodo dragon. Actually more of a giant Lizard, the Komodo Dragon is listed as Vulnerable (or likely to become endangered) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The Dragon lives in Komodo National Park, as well a s some of the surrounding Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang and Padar.
How did he get so big?
Some suggest their large size (up to 10 feet long) are the result of Gigantism. The more popular theory, however is that they are descended from the 3.8 million year old Varanid. Either way, they are quite nasty in their killing habits. They kill their prey by biting them, which infects them with a deadly bacteria, then following them around until they die. Yuck! But rumor has it that none of the natural human inhabitants of the islands have been attacked by the Komodo.... they must know how to keep their distance!
Table Mountain South Africa - Confirmed May 3, 2012
Cape Town, South Africa boasts the phenomenal view of Table Top Mountain. The famous landmark's rich and diverse story, both historically and archaeologically, draws curiosity seekers worldwide. The mountain is formed from sandstone, and has within it several rare sandstone caves. Hikers and mountain climbers have plenty of challenges, and casual tourists have more comfortable observation options. Garden enthusiasts get to witness the "richest, yet smallest floral kingdom on earth with over 1,470 floral species.".
The mountain is 6 million years old and has had it's own constellation named after it (Mensa, meaning "table").
View of Table Mountain from Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela dreamed of freedom
On Nelson Mandela
"Through the bars of his cell on Robben Island, the sight of the peak with its table cloth of cloud offered him hope of brighter days to come"
Ancient Inhabitants of Table Rock - The Khoikhoi
The Khoikhoi, ancient herders, first inhabited Table Rock about 2,000 years ago. They and other nearby ancient inhabitants practiced shamanic rituals which resulted in carvings like these in sandstone of Table Rock, which flanks the Twyfelfontein Valley
The isle of Jeju has a unique cultural history. Initially a set of fishing villages, the men were often out at sea. This left the women alone much of the time. "Haenyeo" were female divers who hunted for "shellfish and edible seaweed, filling the quiet sea air with whistles announcing their catch".
The windy island is rich with black rocks in interesting shapes made from the volcanoes which created it.
Small mountains, turquoise waters, and incredibly beautiful sandy beaches make for a varied landscape on Jeju.
Island of Peace & Love - Jeju Island Threatened
The very culture that makes Jeju such an interesting and endearing place is under threat. The strategic placement of a military base there seems to be more important than preserving this peaceful and unique way of life.
The people of Jeju are strong and are coming together in extraordinary ways to save their delicate and rich biodiversity from concrete and destruction, and we can help.
Join Robert Redford in the efforts to Save Jeju Island.
Responsible Harvesting on Jeju Island
Jeju Island's legendary women sea divers harvest abalone on lungpower alone, knowing that oxygen tanks could cause them to over-harvest.
The Battle for Jeju Island
Jeju's Geomunoreum Lava Tube System
Puerto Princesa Underground River - Phillipines - A New Natural Wonder
One of the most popular attractions of the Puerto Princesa is St. Pauls Underground River Cave -which contains a long underground section of the Cabayugan River,
Researchers in 2010 discovered a second floor, complete with waterfalls. Much of the area they found is toxic to humans, making it nearly impossible to further explore. Many of the underground caves of the Puerto Princesa remain a mystery.
The Amazon River Basin - Home to millions of indigenous species
For nearly 100 million years, the Amazon River and it's dense tropical forests have harbored creatures of all shapes and sizes, many unique to the area. The river discharges "eight trillion gallons a day, 60 times that of the Nile and eleven times that of the Mississippi".
The huge forests of the Amazon have an impact on the weather worldwide, yet they are under constant threat of deforestation. Some scientists believe the loss of our rain-forests may be causing global warming.
Losing trees is not only what is lost with deforestation. The chance for scientists to study plants and animals there is also lost, which may prevent us from finding cures for some diseases. The culture of native Indian tribes in the Amazon is another treasure which could be lost with continued settlement of the area.
Rock Wonder in the Sky - Ha Long Bay
Where the Dragon Descended - Ha Long Bay
Local legend says the dragon descended from the sky and spat out thousands of small pearls, which became these islands....
Limestone islands and natural caves spread out over the entire area. Beautiful!
Ha Long Bay's Incredible Limestone Islands
Photo credit Traveling to Heaven
Inauguration of Ha Long Bay - to the New 7 Natural Wonders of Nature
The Original 7 Wonders of Nature - SevenNaturalWonders.org
Some of these were nominated again, but in my opinion that would have been redundant. They are still the original 7, so now, we have 14 natural wonders to be excited about and protect.
Truthfully, most of the new 7 natural wonders do need protection, and it is my hope that this new title helps them get what they need.
Natural wonders should be preserved for all of us, and for our children and thier children's children. Let's take a look at the original 7 and see how far we've come in protecting some of the most beautiful and interesting naturally created places on earth!
- The Paricutin volcano
Paricutin is a cinder cone volcano in MichoacÃ¡n, Mexico - It was established as a natural wonder because mankind witnessed its birth. That's pretty exciting and makes it stand out, since most of the others are ancient places of wonder.
- Victoria Falls
Two national parks (Zambia) and (Zimbabwe) protect the falls, which are also called "Mosi-oa-Tunya", meaning "smoke that thunders."
- Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef of Oceania is the Largest coral reef system in the world, and Consists of over 2,900 separate reefs It Can be seen from outer space and includes 900 islands.
- Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights
The auroras, also known as the Northern Lights, are naturally occurring lights that create intriguing and spectacular displays in the sky. The aurora lights frequently appear as diffused glow lighting up the horizon. The most amazing sight is when th
- Grand Canyon, Arizona
the Grand Canyon is recognized as a natural wonder because of the overall scale and size combined with the beautifully colored landscape.
- Mount Everest
Located in the Himalaya mountains on the border between Nepal and Tibet, Mt Everest is the highest mountain in the world, represents the highest spot on the earth's surface.
- Harbour of Rio de Janeiro
Also known as Guanabara Bay, the Harbour of Rio de Janeiro is Surrounded by unique mountains and formations and is the Largest bay in the world based on volume of water.
Where to find more on the 7 Natural Wonders of the World
List of all the resources used in making this lens.
- The New Seven Wonders of Nature winners raise eyebrows as old favourites are left out | Daily Mail O
A global vote to find the new seven natural wonders of the world has seen some lesser-known entries crowned winners, while tourist hotspots like the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier reef missed out.
- About | Seven Natural Wonders | Seven Natural Wonders
A wonders of the world contest with voting for the natural wonders. The mission is to protect and promote the original seven natural wonders of the world.
- New seven wonders of nature - CNN.com
CNN's coverage of the New 7 Wonders of Nature
- Puerto Princesa Underground River officially in New7wonders - Yahoo!
The astonishing Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in Palawan is officially one of the New7wonders of nature
- Rivers of Life: River Profile - The Amazon
The Amazon River is the second longest river in the world, and the largest in terms of the size of its watershed, the number of tributaries, and the volume of water discharged into the sea. No bridge crosses the river along its entire length.