The ‘New7Wonder’ Foundation had organized their first campaign to list out the new seven manmade wonders of the world back in 2007 as there are too many different versions of the Seven Wonders of the World. The campaign is closed and the list is revealed. Their next campaign which just started not long ago, is now concentrating on the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Voting has began earlier, and I personally did vote for this campaign, but I forgot which place I have voted. (I voted for it many months ago).
In November 11th (a month ago), the provisional result of the New 7 Wonders of Nature has been released after the counting of votes finalized. However, there are still verification processes going on to confirm on the total votes calculation. However, nothing would goes wrong there, and hence the list published earlier back in 11/11/11 would still be the final and official New 7 Wonders of Nature. Here below is the list in alphabetical order on the latest New 7 Wonders of Nature:
1. Amazon (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela)
The Amazon Rainforest, also known as Amazonia, the Amazon jungle or the Amazon Basin, encompasses seven million square kilometers (1.7 billion acres), though the forest itself occupies some 5.5 million square kilometers (1.4 billion acres), located within nine nations. 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. The Amazon River is the largest river in the world by volume, with a total flow greater than the top ten rivers worldwide combined. It accounts for approximately one-fifth of the total world river flow and has the biggest drainage basin on the planet. Not a single bridge crosses the Amazon.
2. Halong Bay (Vietnam)
Halong Bay is located in Quáng Ninh province, Vietnam. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. The bay has a 120 kilometre long coastline and is approximately 1,553 square kilometres in size with 1969 islets. Several of the islands are hollow, with enormous caves, other support floating villages of fishermen, who ply the shallow waters for 200 species of fish and 450 different kinds of mollusks. Another specific feature of Halong Bay is the abundance of lakes inside the limestone islands, for example, Dau Be island has six enclosed lakes. All these island lakes occupy drowned dolines within fengcong karst.
3. Iguazu Falls (Argentina, Brazil)
Iguazu Falls, in Iguazu River, are one of the world’s largest waterfalls. They extend over 2,700 m (nearly 2 miles) in a semi-circular shape. Of the 275 falls that collectively make up Iguassu Falls, “Devil’s Throat” is the tallest at 80 m in height. Iguazu Falls are on the border between the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones, and are surrounded by two National Parks (BR/ARG). Both are subtropical rainforests that are host to hundreds of rare and endangered species of flora and fauna.
4. Jeju Island (South Korea)
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.
5. Komodo (Indonesia)
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.
6. Puerto Princesa Underground River (Philippines)
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The underground river is reputed to be the world’s longest. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.
7. Table Mountain (South Africa)
Table Mountain is a South African icon and the only natural site on the planet to have a constellation of stars named after it – Mensa, meaning “the table.” The flat-topped mountain has withstood six million years of erosion and hosts the richest, yet smallest floral kingdom on earth with over 1,470 floral species. Table Mountain boasts numerous rare and endangered species. It is the most recognized site in Cape Town, the gateway to Africa, owing to its unique flat-topped peaks which reach 1,086 m above sea level.
(The information above are shared from the official website of the New7Wonders campaign itself.)
Congratulation to the 7 places for successfully being recognized as the new seven wonders of nature, winning the most number of votes from people around the world. However, I find this list (as typical with all other 7 Wonders lists) to be very subjective and it’s hard to say that this place is more beautiful than that one. I am also quite shocked with the released result which is going to be official by early next year.
There are 28 finalists, and none of amazing places with superb beauty of nature from China is included in the nomination. That is very weird and ridiculous. China is such a big country, and is being known for home to hundreds of places that the nature overwhelms and being known as the places of heaven. And then, none of those places is in the nomination. Huh..so I can say that this campaign is very inaccurate and only depends on the strength of the people’s support towards the nominated place that belongs to their country. I guess no China people are voting or supporting this campaign which is based in Switzerland.
Out of the 7 places listed, three are from South East Asia region. That is a lot, and those places are actually quite ordinary compared to the beauty of some other places that I expected to win and get into the list of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. What a great shock that Great Barrier Reef and Grand Canyon did not win! That is very ridiculous. Both are like the best of the best in nature and yet did not excel to be listed from this campaign. What a joke!
I have been to one of the Seven Wonders of Nature from this list, which is the Jeju Island in South Korea. I have to say it’s a beautiful island, but really not that beautiful enough to be even qualified into this top 7 list. So, actually, I’m quite displeased over this campaign that went off track and goes only to the direction where people are voting, without really think by themselves on which places are better and more deserving to be included into the list. There is no point having the list that comes out from the support of the people over their own country and not judging it correctly based on their own individual perception.