GENEVA: The Amazon rainforest, Vietnam's Halong Bay and Argentina's Iguazu Falls have been named among the world's new seven wonders of nature, according to organisers of a global poll. The other four crowned the world's natural wonders are South Korea's Jeju Island, Indonesia's Komodo, the Philippines' Puerto Princesa Underground River and South Africa's Table Mountain, the New7Wonders foundation said, citing provisional results. Final results will be announced early next year, the Swiss foundation said. Sites which have failed to make the cut include Mount Kilimanjaro, the Dead Sea and the US Grand Canyon. The findings come after a long consultation process lasting from December 2007 to July 2009, when people across the world were asked to put forward sites they deemed natural wonders. More than a million votes were cast to trim the list of more than 440 contenders in more than 220 countries to a shortlist of 77. The group was then cut to the 28 finalists by a panel of experts. Anyone in the world was then able to vote for the final seven via text message or the internet. Founded in 2001 by the filmmaker Bernard Weber in Zurich, the foundation New7Wonders is based on the same principle as the seven ancient wonders of the world.
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