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Philippines Grabs Number 1 Ranking in the New 7 Wonders of Nature

Written By David D'Angelo on Friday, September 26, 2008 | 9/26/2008

The Philippine's entry to the New 7 Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park snatched the top post in the first round of the search. The entry from the Philippines outranked the entry from Bangladesh, Cox's Bazar, Beach. Only one entry per country will proceed to the 2nd round of the search which starts January 2009 and the highest among them will be the official entry.

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The underground river is reputed to be the world's longest. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water's edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.

Other entries includes:

Tubbataha Reef which is currently ranked number 4 is an atoll coral reef in the Sulu Sea that belongs to the Philippines. It is a marine sanctuary protected as Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park. The reef is composed of two atolls, North and South Reefs. Each reef has a single small islet that protrudes from the water. The atolls are separated by a deep channel 8 kilometers wide. Over one thousand species, including many that are endangered, can be found at on the reef. These include manta rays, lion fish, tortoises, clownfish and sharks.

Chocolate Hills, currently ranked number 5 is an unusual geological formation in Bohol, Philippines. It is composed of around 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills, all about the same size, spread over an area of more than 50 sq km The hills are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, giving them the name "Chocolate Hills."



Mayon Volcano, ranked number 11 is an active volcano on the Filipino island of Luzon, 15 km northwest of Legazpi City.It is classified by volcanologists as a stratovolcano (composite volcano). Its symmetric cone was formed through alternate pyroclastic and lava flows. Mayon is the most active volcano in the country, having erupted over 47 times in the past 400 years, and is a part of what is called the Pacific Ring of Fire.

So to vote for your choice and follow-up the live ranking visit the NEW 7 WONDERS OF NATURE website.


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