PUERTO PRINCESA UNDERGROUND RIVER
One of the New 7 Wonders of Nature
A World Heritage Site
The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR), is located about 60 kms north of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines. The global significance of PPUR is recognized by its designation as a World Heritage Site, a Biosphere Reserve, a Ramsar Site, and an Important Bird Area, and as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature!.
EXPLORATIONS BY TWO SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZATIONS
Explorations conducted by the Australian Scientists and Geologists in 1981, and the Italian La Venta Geographic Association in 2009, confirmed the outstanding universal value of Puerto Princesa Underground River that deserves to be conserved for the benefit of the present and future generations.
SIX SCIENTIFIC REASONS WHY THE PUERTO PRINCESA UNDERGROUND RIVER DESERVES THE TITLE AS
ONE OF THE NEW 7 WONDERS OF NATURE!
1. Puerto Princesa Underground River contains a full mountain to sea ecosystems that are important for biodiversity conservation. The Park serves as habitat to numerous endangered, rare and endemic wildlife species. The La Venta Geographic Explorers who conducted the scientific studies in 2007 and 2009 declared the Puerto Princesa Underground River as one of the largest and most important underground estuaries in the world!
It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river, flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large and small chambers. In the coastal area, mangroves, sea grass beds and coral reefs are found. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences.
2. The La Venta Geographical Explorers declared the Puerto Princesa Underground River a “true wonder of nature” that serves as vital testimony and silent witness to the earth’s dynamic changes; it hosts one of the most complex cave system in the world.
Incessant dripping of mineral water for millennia formed these stalactites and stalagmites …reminding us of the work of Nature that no man can duplicate… see the apparent “stargate” opening in the middle of the picture at the right…
3. Puerto Princesa Underground River has very high amount of energy resulting from its unique thermal locator, right combination of wind, humidity, and strong variable air fluxes. This high energy content allows PPUR on its own to offset the effect of high impact tourism, making it naturally sustainable.
4. Exeptional cave formations from secondary mineral deposits, led to the discovery of new minerals not found elsewhere.
5. Puerto Princesa Underground River hosts unique macro and micro cave formations that allow scientists to conduct studies that have never been done before to better understand our planet’s evolution.
6. All these unique attributes and the scientific discovery of the 20 million year old Serenia fossil embedded in the walls of the cave, justify the declaration of the Puerto Princesa Underground River as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Sirenia fossils found in remarkably perfect condition; its chance of discovery is one in a billion.
The Park is managed by the City Government of Puerto Princesa thru a multi sector Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). It has the distinction of being the first national park devolved and successfully managed by a local government unit. Under the dynamic leadership of Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn, the Site has become a model for effective protected area management and sustainable tourism in the Philippines.
This video of the La Venta Geographical Association, secures the place of Puerto Princesa Underground River among the most amazing and majestic places in the world!
See more of Puerto Princesa Underground River with these images below…