I had started an update sometime in January when the list for the first phase was finalized... and somehow it has been on hold ever since. So I dug it out to rewrite.
Out of my original list these places were in the finals of phase one:
Bay of Fundy
Ha Long Bay
Not bad, eh? Six out of my seven were voted on and made it through. Pamukkale in Turkey did not make the cut. Lake Superior and Niagara Falls are the other Canadian/American (they both straddle the border) spots still in the running, and I did a comparison post about Niagara Falls and Iguazu Falls, and (oh for shame) I went with Iguazu. But you see it was also chosen. So it's all good. Anyway, the aim of the contest is to create an appreciation for what the world has to offer and to engage people in talking about (and visiting?) the beautiful places on every continent.
At midnight tonight, the voting for phase 2 will be over and the results calculated and verified. The top 77 nominees will be announced on 9 July, from which the New7Wonders of Nature Panel of Experts will advise on the choice of the 28 Official Finalists, to be announced on 21 July 2009 - the day that voting resumes in the Official New7Wonders of Nature, as chosen by over 1 billion votes and to be revealed in 2011.
There are three waterfalls - Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.
A blurb from a different postcard: Horseshoe Falls is the largest of the three Niagara waterfalls. The best views of it are from the Canadian side. The Horseshoe Falls derives its name from its dramatically curved shape. It measures 671m (2,200') wide and 53m (173') high. Ninety percent of the Niagara River flows over the Horseshoe Falls and the remaining 10 percent flows over the American Falls. So much mist is produced that it is difficult to see the falls. The Maid of the Mist boat tour provides a much closer look as it visits the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls before sailing right into the dense mist inside the curve of the giant Horseshoe Falls. From any vantage point the thunderous waters of Horseshoe Falls are truly awe inspiring.
You can always tell who has been on the Maid of the Mist tours by their distinctive blue raincoats.If you are interested, you can check out the other nominees and vote here.