Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, Palau
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Rock Islands Southern Lagoon in Palau covers 100,200 hectares and includes 445 uninhabited limestone islands, famous for their beaches and blue lagoons. Home to over 746 species of fish and 385 corals, it is a popular place for scuba diving and snorkelling.
Gondwana Rainforest, Australia
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Formerly known as the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves, the Gondwana Rainforests straddle southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales. It is one the largest areas of subtropical rainforest in the world and contains many species of ancient plants and animals.
Gros Morne National Park, Canada
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The second largest national park in eastern Canada, Gros Morne stretches over 180,000 hectares and encompasses freshwater fjords, glacial valleys, sheer cliffs, waterfalls and pristine lakes.
Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia
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The 53,000-hectare national park on the island of Borneo is heritage listed for its rich biodiversity and extensive network of caves, including the Sarawak Chamber - the largest known natural chamber in the world.
Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area, China
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Situated in the northwest of Sichaun Province, Huanglong is a valley of snow-capped mountains which contains colourful pools, waterfalls and hot springs. The area is home to many endangered species, including the giant panda and the golden snub-nosed monkey.
Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland
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Ilulissat Icefjord is a 55km-long fjord in western Greenland containing a collection of icebergs which have broken off from Sermeq Kujalleq, the most active glacier in the northern hemisphere.
Lagoons of New Caledonia, New Caledonia
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The Lagoons of New Caledonia are the second-longest double-barrier coral reef in the world. Comprising of six marine clusters, the reef system features a diverse range of coral and is home to endangered species of fish, dugongs, turtles and whales.
Lena Pillars Nature Park, Russia
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The Lena Pillars Nature Park takes it name from the spectacular pillars that line the Lena River in Central Yakutia. The limestone pillars, some of which could be mistaken for man-made creations, were formed due to the region’s extreme temperature fluctuation, which ranges from -60°c in winter to 40°c in summer.
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
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Located in in the Southern Patagonian ice field near the border with Chile, Los Glacieres National Park contains spectacular mountains and glacial lakes, including the 160km-long Lake Argentino.
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Dasht-e-Lut, also known as the Lut Desert, is the the hottest place in the world, with sand surface temperatures reaching as high as 70°c.
Nahanni National Park, Canada
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The national park situated in the Northwest Territories of Canada encompasses the South Nahanni River and contains the spectacular Virginia Falls, which is twice the height of Niagara. The park is also home to timber wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, moose and caribou.
Namib Sand Sea, Namibia
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The Namib Sand Sea is a coastal desert in southern Africa spanning over three million hectares. The site comprises two dune systems, which form 84% of the of the world heritage site and contains many endemic species, such as the sidewinding adder, fog-collecting beetle, oryx antelope, and web-footed Palmatogecko.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
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The 1000th site named on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, Okavango Delta in northwest Botswana is the largest inland delta in the world. The the seasonal wetlands cover large swathes of the Kalahari desert when water from the Okavango river flows down to the floodplains between March and June, attracting large herds of elephants, crocodiles, buffalo and zebra.
Shiretoko National Park, Tokyo
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Shiretoko Peninsula is a land and marine park located on the northern island of Hokkaido. The ecosystem is home to Japan’s largest population of brown bears and rare species such as Blakiston's Fish-Owl, Stellar's Sea-Eagle and the White-tailed Sea-Eagle, which feed off the salmon and trout that breed in the waters.
Socotra Archipelago, Yemen
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Nestled in the Arabian Sea 380km from Yemen, Socotra Archipelago comprises four islands and has been described as "the most alien-looking place on Earth,” due to the fact that nearly 700 species of flora and fauna on the islands are found nowhere else on earth.
Stevns Klint, Denmark
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The 15 kilometre-long white chalk cliff is located on the Danish Island of Zealand and provides evidence of the Chixulub meteorite impact, which is believed to have caused the extinction of dinosaurs some 67 million years ago.
Willandra Lakes Region, Australia
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Willandra Lakes in western New South Wales was one of Australia’s first heritage sites, listed in 1981 for its outstanding natural and cultural value. The 240,000-hectare site contains now-dry ancient lake beds and evidence of Aboriginal occupation, dating back as far as 50,000 years ago.