The new seven wonders of nature have been named Friday by the New Open World Corporation in a provisional list based on the first count of voting results.
Here are the seven (tentative) winners:
Amazon, South America
The Amazon Rainforest sprawls 1.7 billion acres across nine nations in South America. The Amazon represents more than half the planet's total remaining rainforests and is home to a plethora of stunning species of plants, animals and insects. The Amazon River is the largest river in the world and accounts for approximately one-fifth of the total world river flow.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, located in Quáng Ninh province, Vietnam, features thousands of limestone karsts and isles. There is an abundance of lakes within the limestone islands themselves. These enclosed lakes are one of the bay's many spectacular features. Several of the islands are hollow, with gigantic caves. Others can actually support floating villages of fishermen.
Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil
Iguazu Falls are located in the Iguazu River and boast as one of the world's largest waterfalls. Extending over two miles in a semi-circular shape, the Devil's Throat is the tallest of the 275 falls at 80 meters high. The Falls border Argentina and Brazil.
Jeju Island, Korea
Jejudo is a volcanic island located off the southern coast of Korea. One of the main features of Jeju, as it is called, is Hallasan, the tallest mountain in South Korea and a dormant volcano. There are 360 satellite volcanos circling this main one.
Indonesia's Komodo National Park claims the three islands of Padar, Rinca and Komodo, along with numerous smaller ones. These islands originated from volcanoes. The park was first founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, a lizard native to the land. It now protects various other species as well.
Puerto Princesa Underground River, Philippines
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park features a stunning limestone karst mountain landscape with 8.2 kilometers of navigable underground river. The river, located north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines, winds throughout the caves and flows into the South China Sea. It is reportedly the world's longest underground river. At the mouth of the cave, which is filled with major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, is a crystal clear lagoon framed by ancient trees.
Table Mountain, South Africa
Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain located in Cape Town, South Africa, that has stood for six million years. It is home to the richest, yet smallest floral kingdom on earth (with over 1,470 species) as well as rare and endangered animals.
It is possible that there will be changes to the final seven confirmed winners as officials are currently calculating, validating, and independently verifying the results. Many are disappointed that the Dead Sea did not make the final cut.
The official announcement will be made at the 2012 Official Inauguration Ceremony.