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Sunderbans and Ganges in seven Natural Wonders list

November 13, 2008 18:07 IST

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The Sunderbans, the world's largest mangrove forest located between Bangladesh and West Bengal, and the Ganga are competing with some gorgeous natural heritage sites across the globe for the seven Wonders of Nature list.

Famous for its breathtaking beauty and the Royal Bengal Tiger, Sunderbans forest has carved a niche for itself when the mangrove was selected by New Seven Wonders Foundation after the selection of seven new wonders of the world last year, which included Taj Mahal [Images].

Lying in the mouth of the Ganga, the Sunderban delta is composed of mangrove forests, swamps and forest island all interwoven in a network of small rivers and streams. It covers an area of approximately 10,000 square kilometers.

Altogether 400 places from different continents have been nominated primarily in the seven wonders nomination process which include 51 places from South America, 31 from Europe, 30 from Asia, 27 from North America, 19 from Africa and 10 from Oceania. Voting is continuing through internet.

'' It is so exciting that out of 400 places which have been nominated primarily in the seven wonders nomination process, Sundarban and Ganges [Images] are on leading positions at this moment for Asia region, '' an expert on Sunderbans afair reacted.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee cast his vote at the Writers' Buildings recently on the website to nominate the Sunderbans and the holy Ganges as two of the seven 'Global Wonders of Nature'.


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