Vote for Puerto Princesa Underground River, urge DENR and Palawan officials

Inquirer.net reports that "as voting for the New Seven Wonders of Nature nears the homestretch, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje and Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn on Wednesday urged the public to support the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR)."

Inquirer.net reports that "as voting for the New Seven Wonders of Nature nears the homestretch, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje and Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn on Wednesday urged the public to support the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR)."

 

The search for the New Seven Wonders of Nature was launched in 2007 by New7Wonders Foundation, an organization based in Switzerland.

 

According to Paje, there’s yet another reason to vote for Palawan’s underground river. He revealed that Italian scientists found a new mineral at the mouth of the cave a few weeks ago. According to the report, the new mineral, called serrabrancaite, was found by  Paolo Forti, an Italian crystallographer, and the Italian La Venta Geographical Association.

 

The mineral was first extracted at the inlet of the river in Serra Branca, Brazil. Paje said it had never been found in caves before. He said, "Cave experts themselves are amazed because only a few caves in the world host more than three to four minerals, yet in PPUR alone, they have unearthed at least 11 of which, three are new cave minerals."

 

Online voting is through the website www.new7wonders.com, while SMS voters can type PPUR and sent it to 2861. Voting ends on November 11 at 11:11 a.m.

 

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