Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Amazon River ranks fifth in natural wonders contest

The Amazon River/Rainforest ranks fifth according to the latest ranking of contest organizer, the New 7 Wonders Foundation.
Iguazu Falls, located in Argentina and Brazil, top the list of 28 Official Finalist Candidates competing to be one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, followed by the Great Barrier Reef (Australia and Papua New Guinea), Indonesia’s Komodo Island and Ha Long Bay.
The contest will end in mid-2011. Loreto regional government asked the support of all Peruvian citizens so the Amazon River can become one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
The Amazon Rainforest, also known as Amazonia, the Amazon jungle or the Amazon Basin, encompasses seven million square kilometers (1.7 billion acres), though the forest itself occupies some 5.5 million square kilometers (1.4 billion acres), located within nine nations.
The Amazon represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests and comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest in the world. The Amazon River is the largest river in the world by volume, with a total flow greater than the top ten rivers worldwide combined. It accounts for approximately one-fifth of the total world river flow and has the biggest drainage basin on the planet. Not a single bridge crosses the Amazon.

Source: Andina


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