New 7 Wonders of Nature

These are the initial New 7 Wonders of Nature as of November 11, 2011 among the 28 finalist.  The final result will be announce early next year.

AMAZON RAINFOREST
The Amazon Rainforest (Brazilian Portuguese: Floresta Amazônica or Amazônia; Spanish: Selva Amazónica or Amazonía) is a moist broadleaf forest in the Amazon Basin of South America. The area, also known as Amazonia or the Amazon Basin, encompasses seven million square kilometers (1.2 billion acres), though the forest itself occupies some 5.5 million square kilometers, located within nine nations: Brazil (with 60 percent of the rainforest), Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. States or departments in four nations bear the name Amazonas after it. The Amazon represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests and comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest in the world.


HA LONG BAY
Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.


IGUAZU FALLS


Also spelled IGUASSÚ, OR IGUAZÚ, Spanish CATARATAS DEL IGUAZÚ, Portuguese CATARATAS DO IGUAÇU, cataract on the Iguaçu River, 14 miles (23 km) above its confluence with the Paraná, at the Argentina-Brazil border. The horseshoe-shaped falls are 2.5 miles (4 km) wide - four times the width of Niagara Falls in North America and somewhat greater than the width of Victoria Falls in Africa. Numerous rocky and wooded islands on the edge of the escarpment over which the Iguaçu River plunges divide the falls into some 275 separate waterfalls or cataracts, varying between 200 and 269 feet (60 and 82 m) in height. The name of the falls, like that of the river, is derived from a Guarani word meaning "great water." 
The rate of flow of the falls may rise to a maximum of 450,000 cubic feet (12,750 cubic m) per second during the rainy season from November to March.
JE JU ISLAND

Jejudo is a volcanic island, 130 km from the southern coast of Korea. The largest island and smallest province in Korea, the island has a surface area of 1,846 sqkm. A central feature of Jeju is Hallasan, the tallest mountain in South Korea and a dormant volcano, which rises 1,950 m above sea level. 360 satellite volcanoes are around the main volcano.


KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
Indonesia’s Komodo National Park includes the three larger islands Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller ones, for a total area of 1,817 square kilometers (603 square kilometers of it land). The national park was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon. Later, it was also dedicated to protecting other species, including marine animals. The islands of the national park are of volcanic origin.


PUERTO PRINCESA UNDERGROUND RIVER
Travel by boat, through a massive cave on the longest underground river in the world. declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. See hundreds of bats, (close your mouth when looking up at the bats) giant monitor lizards, monkeys, python, sea snakes and other wildlife. An ECO-TOURISM adventure.


TABLE MOUNTAIN


The best views of Cape Town are from the top of Table Mountain. The Cableway takes you to the summit in under 10 mins whist rotating gondola's ensure that visitors enjoy a 360 degree view of Cape Town and Table Bay. Once on the top, you can stroll along 2km of Pathways and enjoy magnificent views from over 12 viewing sites and decks.

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