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Foundation To Name New 7 Wonders Of Nature

January 7, 2009

More than 200 locations from 222 countries will compete in an online poll to determine the new seven wonders of nature.

“We are calling on people all over the world to actively show their appreciation for our … natural world by joining together to celebrate the most extraordinary sites on our planet,” said Tia Viering, spokeswoman of the Swiss-based New 7 Wonders campaign.

The foundation has collected 441 nominations over the Internet since it began operations in 2007.

After preliminary nominations, 261 natural wonders from 222 countries were selected to compete for a spot on the new list of seven wonders.

Nominees include the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, Lake Superior and Mount Everest. Voters can make their selection until July 7. A panel of experts in nature, chaired by Federico Mayor, former chief of UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, will reduce the list to 21 finalists in July.

Only one vote can be cast per e-mail address during each voting phase.

The foundation previously named the 7 Wonders of the World in July 2007. About 100 million people voted in the selection of the seven man-made wonders. The winners were the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt; the Colosseum, Italy; the Great Wall of China; the Taj Mahal, India; Petra, Jordan; Christ the Redeemer Statue, Brazil; Machu Picchu, Peru; and the Pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico.

“I felt that it was time for the concept to be revived””encompassing the whole world, celebrating the cultural heritage of our many continents and peoples,” said Bernard Weber, founder of New 7 Wonders.

“This time, it is not one person deciding, rather as many people as possible. And what better way to underline the global aspect and modern technology than incorporating and challenging modern communications technology?”

Weber said he believes the project will revitalize public action to preserve many of the world’s most precious natural sites.

“I know that this does inspire people to be proud of their own culture, their national heritage, and of our common global heritage””and this is the first step toward preserving it!! The Ancient Wonders disappeared for a reason””nobody cared about them, if people had appreciated them, they would have preserved them,” he said.

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