Sunday, August 2, 2009

New 7 Wonders of Nature - 28 Finalists Announced

Iguazu Falls in Black & White - Brazil - 2008 ©trryan

The folks that brought us the New 7 Wonders of the World two years ago are now on a multi-year quest to determine the New 7 Wonders of Nature. World-wide voting began in December 2007 and initiated a list of 440 nominees from 220 countries. The nominees were pared down to 77 locations by popular vote that ended July 1, 2009. From the list of 77 popular locations, a panel of experts selected 28 Official Finalist Candidates and the voting for the final 7 Wonders of Nature is open as of July 21. The organizers expect over one billion votes by the time the voting closes in 2011.

Who made the Final 28? Quite a few surprises and quite frankly, some places I've never even heard of in my 25 years, 90+ country travels. Here is the list:

Red and Green Macaws - Peruvian Amazon - 2008 ©trryan

The Amazon - South America
Mud Volcanoes - Azerbaijan
Angel Falls - Venezuela
Bay of Fundy - Canada
Black Forest - Germany
Bu Tinah Shoals - United Arab Emirates
Cliffs of Moher - Ireland
Dead Sea - Palestine, Israel, Jordan

Shoreline - Great Barrier Reef - Port Douglas, Australia - 2009©trryan

Great Barrier Reef - Australia, Papua New Guinea
El Yunque - Puerto Rico
Galapagos - Ecuador
Grand Canyon - United States
Jeita Grotto - Lebanon
Kilimanjaro - Tanzania
Komodo - Indonesia
Maldive Islands - Maldives
Masurian Lake District - Poland

Iguazu Falls - Brazil - 2008©trryan

Iguazu Falls - Brazil, Argentina
Matterhorn - Switzerland
Milford Sound - New Zealand
Puerto Princessa Underground River - Philippines
Sundarbans - India, Bangladesh
Table Mountain - South Africa
Uluru (Ayer's Rock) - Australia
Vesuvius - Italy
Yushan - Taipei

There are some notable locations conspicuously missing from the list. Some made the list of 77 - many did not. What would you add to this list of 28? Here are a few that I would have had on my Final 28:

Yellowstone National Park - United States
Rift Valley - Kenya, East Africa
Mount Everest - Nepal, China
Okavango Delta - Botswana
Serengeti - Tanzania
Kalahari Desert - Namibia
Torres del Pine - Chile
Lake Atitlan - Guatemala
Cappadocia - Turkey

My final 7 from the official list: Amazon, Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Iguazu Falls, Galapagos and Kilimanjaro. How would you vote?
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