Seven stunning sites across the globe have been named the 'provisional' New 7 Wonders of Nature.
The beauty spots were picked from 440 locations from over 220 countries, which were narrowed down to just 28 finalists, and are: the Amazon; Halong Bay, Vietnam; Iguaza Falls, Argentina and Brazil; Jeju Island, South Korea; Komodo, Indonesia; Puerto Princesa Underground River, Phillippines; and Table Mountain, South Africa.
The results will be checked and validated and, when that process is complete, the New 7 Wonders will then confirm the winners in early 2012 and organise official inauguration events.
A panel of experts have spent the last four years on the campaign, and the winners were picked by these criteria: unique beauty of the nominated site; diversity and distribution (accounted for in seven groups); ecological significance (in terms of either stand-alone eco-systems and/or their significance for human beings); historical legacy (relation that human beings and/or indigenous populations have or have had with the site); geo-location (even distribution of the 28 Official Finalists between all continents).
'Once confirmed, the natural wonders will join the man-made New 7 Wonders of the World in becoming part of Global Memory for humankind for ever.'
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