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7 new natural wonders of the world announced

Herb Knopp, of East Northport, snapped this photo

Herb Knopp, of East Northport, snapped this photo of sunrise on Halong Bay in Vietnam in January 2008.

After much voting and mystery, the new seven  wonders of nature were announced Friday in Geneva. 

After four months of worldwide polling by  the foundation New7Wonders of Nature via telephone, text and social networks in the quest to narrow the 28 finalists to just 7, polling ended Friday  (11/11/11) at 11:11 GMT (6:11 a.m. EST). The contenders were chosen by people all over the world who nominated their favorite natural sights in a similar fashion over a 2-year process.

The list of winners, however, is "provisional," according to New7Wonders of Nature, as votes are "being checked, validated and independently verified."

This is important stuff, after all, so I get why they're being so careful. Confirmed winners will be announced starting early 2012 during the Official Inauguration ceremonies.

And the provisional winners are:

The Amazon Rainforest

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Iguazu Falls, on Brazil-Argentina border

Jeju Island, South Korea

Komodo National Park, Indonesia

Puerto Princesa Underground River, the Philippines

Table Mountain in South Africa

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