Amazon River and Iguazu Falls Among New Seven Wonders of Nature12 November, 2011
A provisional list of the New Seven Wonders of Nature has been announced, with both Iguazu Falls and the Amazon River included in the choices, meaning that these were two of the the seven most popular natural attractions in the world according to votes collected.
The other selections for the list are Halong Bay in Vietnam, South Africa’s Mesa Mountain, the subterranean river in Puerto Princesa, Phillipines, Jeju Island in South Korea and Komodo, Indonesia also made the cut.
The results announced are provisional and based on the first count of votes, with voting ending on Friday November 11th 2011 at 11.11, and 11 seconds. The results will now be checked, validated and independently verified. In early 2012, the confirmed winners will then be announced an Official Inauguration event will be organised.
Iguazu Falls is one of Argentina’s and Brazil’s most popular touristic destinations. There are some who claim that the Iguazu Falls system is comprised of 275 independent falls over 1.67 miles (2.7 km), however locals from the area state that there are approximately 75 separate falls. At one spot, visitors can be surrounded by 260 degrees of waterfalls. Although the highest part of the falls measures 269 feet (82 m), the majority of the falls are around 210 feet (64 m). Iguazu Falls is wider than Victoria Falls because it is split into numerous distinct individual falls over 1.67 miles (2.7 km). However, Victoria Falls has the largest curtain of water.
The Amazon river runs 4,000 miles from the Andes to the sea, and is longer than any river but the Nile. The Amazon River is therefore the second longest river in the world. It is also the largest in terms of the size of its watershed, the number of tributaries, and the volume of water discharged into the sea. The vast Amazon basin covers more than two and a half million square miles, more than any other rainforests. No bridge crosses the river along its entire length.
Find out more about the New Seven Wonders of Nature at new7wonders.com
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