Apr 16, 2010

Uncover the Underground River of Palawan

        A Natural World Heritage Site – The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park has been inscribed upon the World Heritage list of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage on December 4, 1999. Inscription on this list confirms the exceptional and universal value of the cultural or natural site which deserves protection for all humanity. It is to share, to cherish and to respect.
       The site features an Underground River that flows directly to the sea. The lower half of the river is brackish and subject to tidal influence. The Underground River flowing into the sea and its associated tidal influence make it the most unique natural phenomena of its type to exist.
       The site also contains a full mountain to sea ecosystem and protects the most significant forest area within Palawan Biogeographic Province. It protects significant habitat important for biodiversity conservation.
       Protection of the site is a symbol of the commitment by the people of Puerto Princesa in particular and the Philippines as a whole to the conservation of our natural World Heritage.

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The underground river is reputed to be the world's longest. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water's edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave. –new7wonders of nature

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(all photos are courtesy of LeeWey D.)

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