Surely most have heard of the 7 Wonders of the World and perhaps a lucky few have visited all of them all but did you know that there is a New7Wonders of Nature Campaign taking place right now? The New7Wonders Foundation is on a global search to recognize the 7 most wonderous natural sites as selected and voted on by the public and the winners will be announced on November 11, 2011 (yes, that’s 11-11-11).
In order to be considered sites must be clearly defined as a natural site, monument or landscape that was not created or significantly altered by humans. Of the hundreds of sites originally nominated the contest is now down to its final phase with only 28 selections left for consideration and both Australia & New Zealand remain in the running. Among the top 28 finalists are The Great Barrier Reef & Uluru in Australia and Milford Sound in New Zealand.
There are only 83 days left to vote so let your voice be heard and vote now for your favorite.
The Great Barrier Reef
The largest coral reef in the world, The Great Barrier Reef, is made up of 2500 separate reefs and stretches over 1250 miles in length and includes over 500 islands from Queenslands coast to the western edge of the Pacific Ocean. Its ecosystem supports the greatest concentration of life on this planet with its resident marine life includes 1500 species of fish, 350 different kinds of coral, 4000 species of molluscs and 10,000 species of sponges. This natural wonder also provides breeding areas for humpback whales, sea turtles and seabirds.
To vote for GBR, Australia http://www.new7wonders.com/archives/wonder/great-barrier-reef
Few people who visit Uluru, most commonly known as Ayers Rock, return unchanged. The rock and the surrounding land has huge spiritual significance for the Anangu Aboriginal people. It lies in Australia’s Red Center like an enormous, moody heart. At an enormous 348 meters tall and 5 ½ miles in circumference it’s hard to believe that more than two thirds of the rock remains hidden beneath the ground. Yet at its massive feet the icy-green and grey vegetation offer a refuge for wildlife. Arraying itself in a multiplicity of hues from black to purple, blue to brown, orange and red throughout various times of day and weather, Uluru’s sheer majesty outshines even the brilliant sunset.
To vote for Uluru, Australia http://www.new7wonders.com/archives/wonder/uluru
Grand, brooding, serene and wild, Milford Sound, located within Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island, draws visitors from all over the globe to cruise its length. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls washed with waterfalls line the shores of the sound and in the foreground stands Mitre Peak, a majestic presence dominating the skyline. On any given day you are likely to see dolphins and rare penguins or perhaps even seals sunbathing on the rocky shores.
To vote for Milford Sound, New Zealand http://www.new7wonders.com/archives/wonder/milford-sound