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New 7 Natural Wonders of the World

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

 

Komodo Island
Komodo lies between the substantially larger neighboring islands Sumbawa to the west and Flores to the east.
Indonesia
New Seven Wonders of Nature
Coordinates-8° 33' 0 S, 119° 27' 0 E
Komodo is an island of the Lesser Sunda Islands, Nusa Tenggara Timur provinsi (province), Indonesia. The island, which has an area of approximately 200 square miles (520 square km), lies on the Sape Strait between Flores and Sumbawa islands.[1]
Komodo Island Slideshow
Oost-Nusa Tenggara [2]

 

Komodo is one of the 17,508 islands that make up the Republic of Indonesia. The island has a surface area of 390 km² and over 2000 inhabitants. The inhabitants of the island are descendants of former convicts who were exiled to the island and who have mixed themselves with the Bugis from Sulawesi. The population are primarily adherents of Islam but there are also Christian and Hindu minorities.

Komodo is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of islands and forms part of the Komodo National Park. Particularly notable here is the native Komodo dragon. In addition, the island is a popular destination for diving. Administratively, it is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province. Komodo lies between the substantially larger neighboring islands Sumbawa to the west and Flores to the east.

The island is famous not only for its heritage of convicts but also for the unique fauna which roam it. The Komodo dragon, the world's largest living lizard, takes its name from the island. A type of monitor lizard, it inhabits Komodo and some of the smaller surrounding islands, attracting many tourists.

The Island was visited in 1910 by a Dutch Officer Van Steyn van Hensbroek. However, both Portuguese and Japanese sailors had landed before this. [3]

 

The Komodo Dragon. Scary man eater!

 

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June 08, 2008

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References
 
1."Komodo." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica 2009 Deluxe Edition. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, 2009.
2. Wikimedia Commons-Komodo-Creative Commons Attribution License-retrieved 7/26/2009 
3. Wikipedia-Komodo-retrieved 7/26/2009
 
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