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New 7 Wonders of Nature

New 7 Wonders of Nature
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Written by Stephen Messenger, Treehugger

After two years of vote-casting by millions of people from across the globe, a new list of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature” has been revealed. Reducing a planet full of incredible, breathtaking, and awe-inspiring sites to a mere handfull was no easy task — but while it is arguably inappropriate to pit nature’s most beautiful places in such a competition, the organization behind the list hopes it will help the top spots “in becoming part of global memory for humankind forever.” In the end, however, the list is a bit more remarkable for the countless wonders it lacks than the ones it contains.

The campaign was launched by the group’s founder Bernard Weber who hoped to revive the listing convention originated by Ancient Greeks in naming the 7 Wonders of the World more than two thousand years ago. “So many breathtakingly beautiful, natural places are still quite unknown to many. From waterfalls to fjords, rainforests to mountain peaks, freshwater lakes to volcanoes, we are discovering together the incredible beauty and variety of our planet,” says Webber.

According to New7Wonders, the group that organized the international competition, from an original list composed of around 440 nominated locales, seven ‘provisional’ top wonders have been selected with the input of over a million international voters. An official announcement of the winning sites is expected some time early next year. But in lieu of any changes, the list of the final seven is as follows (in alphabetical order):

 

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The Amazon

“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.”

*All descriptions are from the New7Wonders website.

Top image by Storm Crypt via flickr

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5:57PM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

Awesome. Thank you.

9:28AM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

Gorgeous.Thanks for sharing, I hope I will be able to see some of these places someday.

5:26PM PDT on May 8, 2013

Awesome ! Thanks.

3:31PM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:45AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Thanks for sharing . . . passing around. . .

12:33PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Awesome and beautiful.Thanks for sharing

3:15PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

All beautiful and amazing. My favorite are the falls. Very powerful image.

5:48PM PST on Nov 29, 2011

beautiful!

12:06PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

The beauty of our blue planet is amazing. Wish we could all appreciate our wonderful planet instead of doing our best in destroying her.

3:06PM PST on Nov 23, 2011

What price beauty, the food of our souls?

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