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New 7 Wonders of Nature Nominees

 

 

 

New 7 Natural Wonders of the World

New Seven Wonders of Nature-One of 28 nominees. Winners will be announced in 2011.

 

Bu Tinah Shoals The area is part of the Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve, the largest protected area in the country, with a territory of more than 4,000 square kilometres.
United Arab Emirates
New Seven Wonders of Nature
co-ordinates 24°37'N, 53°05
Bu Tinah is a tiny archipelago 25 km south of Zirku and 35 north of Marawah in the United Arabian Emirates.
Earth's Natural Wonders in Europe & Middle East
Bu Tinah Shoals[1]

Bu Tinah is a tiny archipelago amid extensive coral formations and seagrass beds some 25km south of Zirku and 35km north of Marawah. It remains relatively untouched by man and is protected as a private nature reserve.

Fishing and collection of turtle eggs is prohibited and the ban is enforced by patrols. Bu Tinah is actually a cluster of islands and shoals found in shallow waters. The main island has a sheltered lagoon opening to the south while the low energy environment permitting stands of mature mangrove to flourish. [2]

The main island has a sheltered lagoon opening to the south, lined with mature mangroves.

The area is part of the Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve, the largest protected area in the country, with a territory of more than 4,000 square kilometres.

The archipelago is a core zone within the protected area, meaning fishing is prohibited and only a limited number of supervised visitors is allowed.

Besides flamingos, Bu Tinah is also visited by a number of rare migratory birds such as the Socotra cormorant and some species of tern. The area is one of the country?s best places for dugongs ? large but timid marine mammals that feed on seagrass. Some 600 out of the estimated 3,000 dugongs in the country live in the waters around Bu Tinah.

The archipelago is important for turtles, too. Its waters are foraging grounds for the two species of turtles most common in the UAE, while the shoals? sandy banks provide nesting habitat for the hawksbill turtle.

There are also healthy coral reef habitats with as many as 16 species of coral recorded in the area.[3]

 

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References
 
1. Free Image Hosting-Bu Tinah Shoals-retrieved 7/25/2009
2. Gulf News-Bu Tinah Shoals-retrieved 7/25/2009
3. Wadionline-Bu Tinah Shoals-retrieved 7/25/2009
 
 

 

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