New wonders of nature
Numerous lists of the seven wonders of the world have been compiled over the years and the non-profit New7Wonders Foundation has now launched an international campaign to select the new seven wonders of nature.
To be nominated and voted for by the people of the world, current favourites include the Ganges River, Mount Everest, the Grand Canyon, the Amazon and Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.
New7Wonders Founder and President Bernard Weber said, We are finding the New7Wonders of Nature campaign to be excitingly different from the first one. So many breathtakingly beautiful, natural places are still quite unknown to many. From waterfalls to fjords, rainforests to mountain peaks, freshwater lakes to salt flats, we are discovering together the incredible beauty and variety of our planet.
The deadline for nominations is December 31 2008, after which time a panel of experts will create a list of 21 candidates from the top 77 nominees to be voted for worldwide.
This campaign follows the Foundation's successful global election in 2007 in which over 100 million votes were cast to choose the New 7 Wonders of the World. At a sparkling ceremony in Lisbon last July, the actors Hilary Swank, Ben Kingsley and Bipasha Basu announced the new list: the Great Wall of China, Petra, Chichén Itzá, the Statue of Christ Redeemer, the Colosseum, Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal in no particular order.
Hoping to see the Grand Canyon named as a new seventh wonder of nature is the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, owned by the Hualapai Tribe. The Canyon was created by the Colorado River over a period of six million years. Grand Canyon West is a resort located 120 miles south east of Las Vegas, Nevada, and features a number of attractions including The Skywalk, Hualapai Ranch, Hualapai Lodge and Hualapai River Runners. Visitors can also tour the Canyon by helicopter, boat, plane, hummer and coach.
Written by: Maxine Clarke