The New7Wonders organization created a huge poll that ran between 2007 and 2011 to find out what the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World are.
The internet-based poll ran for 4 years straight, had 28 finalists, and around 100 million people worldwide cast their vote. The voting finished on November 11, 2011, and below, you can check out the results.
PS: This is the New7Wonders main list of 7 Wonders of The World.
The 7 Natural Wonders of the World
1. The Amazon Rainforest and River
The Amazon Rainforest is a huge jungle that is located in multiple countries in South America. It’s also known as the “Amazon Jungle” or simply “Amazonia.”
Most parts of the rainforest are located in Brazil (58.4%), Peru (12.8%), Bolivia (7.7 %) and Colombia (7.1%). The remaining area is located in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.
The Amazon Rainforest is huge as it covers an area of 5,500,000 square kilometers (2,100,000 square miles), making it the largest rainforest on the planet.
2. Iguazú Falls
The waterfalls are of the Iguazu River, a river on the border of Argentina and Brazil which forms the boundary of both countries below its confluence with the San Antonio River.
This river is also a big contributor to the Paraná River, the second-longest river in South America after the Amazon River. This river is the source to power the Itaipu Dam on the border of Paraguay and Brazil.
With a total width of 2,700 meters (8,858 feet), the Iguazú Falls are collectively the largest waterfalls in the world. They are over twice as wide as the Niagara Falls and over 1,000 meters wider than the Victoria Falls.
3. Table Mountain
Table Mountain is one of the most recognizable mountains in all of the world. It’s a flat-topped mountain overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa.
It’s the level plateau on top, which gives the mountain a peculiar appearance, that makes the mountain so famous. Its highest point is only 1,084.6 meters (3,558 feet) above sea level.
This plateau is about 2 kilometers wide from one end to the other and it’s edged with amazing-looking cliffs, referred to as “Devil’s Peak” to the east and “Lion’s Head” to the west. A true natural wonder of the world!
It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country and people have the option to either hike to the top or use the “Table Mountain Aerial Cableway.”
4. Jeju Island
Jeju Island is a volcanic island which is located in the Jeju Province of South Korea. It lies in the “Korea Strait,” just below the Korea peninsula.
The island measures 73 kilometers (45 miles) across, east to west, and 41 kilometers (25 miles) from north to south.
One of the most remarkable facts about Jeju Island is that the relatively small island is home to the highest mountain in all of South Korea, the “Halsasan,” a volcano 1,950 meters (6,400 feet) above sea level.
Another remarkable fact about Jeju Island is that it was only formed about 2 million years ago because of volcanic activity. Right now, it’s a very popular tourist destination.
5. Hạ Long Bay
Hạ Long Bay is a bay that features thousands of karsts, a topography formed by the dissolution of limestone. The bay contains stones and isles in numerous shapes and sizes.
The bay is located in Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam, and is 1,553 square kilometers (600 square miles) big. It includes about 1,960–2,000 small islets.
If you compare this to Jeju Island with its 2 million years of existence, this karst has been formed over the course of around 500 million years! It has been exposed to all sorts of climates and about 20 million years of it is the tropical wet climate it is exposed to now.
Hạ Long Bay is a UNESCO Heritage Site and is a very popular tourist destination as well. Its name literally translates to “Descending Dragon Bay.”
6. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a protected area in the Philippine Island of Palawan. It’s located about 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of the city centre of Puerto Princesa, the capital city of the island.
Similar to Hạ Long Bay in Vietnam, it consists of limestone karsts and has a huge underground river inside the St. Pauls Underground River Cave.
This is part of the Cabayugan River and is more than 24 kilometers (15 mi) long. It releases into the West Philippine Sea. About 8.2-kilometer (5.1 miles) of the river actually runs underground and is referred to as the “Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.”
The National Park was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and it also became a Ramsar Wetland Site in 2012.
7. Komodo Island
Komodo Island is one of the 17,508 islands of the Republic of Indonesia, and as you might have guessed, it’s world-famous because of its notable inhabitant, the Komodo Dragon.
It’s a very small island with an area size of only 390 square kilometers (150 square miles) and a population of just over 2,000 people.
The Komodo Dragon is the largest lizard on the planet and also lives on the islands Rinca, Flores, and Gili Motang, all part of Indonesia.
These huge monsters can grow up to 3 meters (10 feet) long and weigh up to 70 kilos (35 lbs), and its size has been attributed to “island gigantism,” an evolutionary feature found in animals living on an island without any competition.
This concludes the list of 7 natural wonders of the world, voted for by over 100 million people worldwide!