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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.

 

El Yunque
A view in the Caribbean National Forest (El Yunque).
Puerto Rico
New Seven Wonders of Nature
Earth's Natural Wonders in Europe & Middle East
Coordinates-18°23'N 65°52'W / 18.38°N 65.87°W
 
 
 
El Yungue Slideshow
El Yunque rainforest [1]

 

El Yunque is perhaps the most famous peak in Puerto Rico despite not being the tallest, measuring 3,526 feet above sea level (Cerro de Punta, measuring 4,390 ft, is the tallest peak in the island.). The mountain is located in the Sierra de Luquillo, and is part of the El Yunque National Forest (known as Caribbean National Forest until April 2, 2007).

The true sub-tropical rainforest lies completely within the boundaries of the El Yunque National Forest, part of the U.S. Forest Service. It consists of a small crescent shaped band that lies over the tops of the peaks of the forest, located near to eastern end of Puerto Rico. At the top of the rainforest lies a narrower band of the forest in which plant life is stunted due to a thinner layer of soil at higher elevations on the rocky mountain, as well as higher winds. Many well marked trails make it easy to explore.[2]

El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest, formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest, is located on the island of Puerto Rico. It is commonly known as only El Yunque, a Spanish approximation of the aboriginal Taino word "Yu-ke" thought by scholars to mean "White Lands". However the lightning storms that occur there were to the Spaniards the sound of a giant hammer hitting an anvil (yunque in Spanish).

It is also the name of the second highest mountain peak in the Forest. El Yunque is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System.

The forest is located on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo Mountains in Puerto Rico, and encompasses 28,002 acres (43.753 mi² or 113.32 km²) of land, making it the largest block of public land on the island of Puerto Rico. El Toro, the highest mountain peak in the forest rises 1,078 metres (3,537 ft) above sea level.[3]

This small series of waterfalls are just off road # 191 on the north side of the El Yunque rainforest. The water is clean and clear, you can stand under the waterfall and sit in the pools.

 

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September 19, 2007

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References
 
1. Flickr- El Yungue Rainforest- Creative Commons Attribution License-retrieved 7/25/2009
2. Wikipedia-El Yunque-retrieved 7/25/2009
3. Wikipedia-El Yunque National Forest-retrieved 7/25/2009
 
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