Visiting the New 7 Wonders of Nature
The New 7 Wonders of Nature finalists were released in November 2011. The included places include beautiful and breathtaking waters, a mountain and islands. Here is a look at each of these gorgeous places to visit.
The Amazon commonly refers to a large swath of land in South America. It can include the Amazon River and the Amazon Basin, which is the entire area of land drained by the river and its many tributaries.
However, most people are familiar with the Amazon Rainforest. The rainforest covers 1.4 billion acres mostly in Brazil but also in Peru, Columbia and a number of other South American Countries. The Amazon provides the home for a diverse range of animal species.
In fact one-tenth of all the known animal species in the world live in the Amazon. Several of these species are dangerous to humans. The large area of the rainforest can be seen here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Amazon_rainforest.jpg
The beauty of Ha Long Bayin Vietnam comes from the two thousand limestone karsts or small islands located throughout the bay.
The bay itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and draws numerous visitors each year. The Bay area has fourteen floral and sixty fauna species that are unique to the area, providing a diverse living environment for scientists. It has a tropical climate with hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. The bay is widely used for fishing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ha_long_bay.jpg
Iguazu Falls is a series of falls located in the countries of Brazil and Argentina in South America.
It can be seen here at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Iguassu_falls_rainbow.jpg.
The waterfall divides the Iguaza River into the upper and lower portions. In fact, this river forms part of the border between Brazil and Argentina.
Iguaza Falls is spectacularly taller than Niagara Falls and more than twice as wide. It is a major tourist attraction and can be visited fairly easily.
Jeju Island in South Korea is a province located entirely on an island. The island is a volcanic one with a mountain dominating much of the landscape. Another part of the island boasts a pristine forest.
The climate is subtropical. Around a half million live on the island and govern themselves autonomously. Tourism is huge here with popular sites including Hallim Park, Mount Halla, a crater lake and fabulous lava tubes.
Natives to the island host numerous festivals throughout the year to the enjoyment of their many visitors. Mount Halla can be seen here. http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2012/01/30/on-jeju-its-now-two-ws-and-an-m/
Komodo in Indonesia is perhaps best known for its infamous Komodo Dragons, which are large lizards. However, Komodo is one of the more than 17,000 islands that make up this entirely island nation.
Komodo National Park is perhaps one of the best known tourist attractions here. The park takes up the island of Komodo as well as two other large islands and many smaller ones. The park was originally formed to preserve the Komodo Dragon from extinction but also protects marine animals.
Marine animals include coral, dolphins, whales, sea turtles and numerous other crustaceans and fish. Tourists can reach the park by ferry or can visit the park with a tourist agency. Some of the coastline can be seen here. http://wikitravel.org/en/File:Komodo_National_Park.jpg
The Puerto Princesa Underground River in the northern Philippines is part of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.
This river was recently discovered to have several small waterfalls within its cave that flow to a second floor. Although there is little oxygen inside this multiple-miles-long cave, there are beautiful stalactites and stalagmites in the cave as well as numerous bats. Boats with tourists can go partway through the cave.
The entrance to the cave can be seen here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caves_entranceexit.jpg
Table Mountain is located beside Cape Town, South Africa. It is mostly known for its flat-topped appearance, which gave it its name.
This mountain forms part of a national park and is an oft-visited tourist attraction. Some tourists choose to ride the cable cars to the peak while others choose to take the approximately two hour hike. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Table_Mountain_DanieVDM.jpg
These seven wonders are spread throughout the world in a stunning array of beauty. Each one is a major tourist attraction. All were recognized as winners in the New 7 Wonders of Nature in January 2012.
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