11 unmissable wonders of the natural world; Richard Webb; New Scientist

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Seven wonders of the world? Too few! We dial it up to 11 with this selection of nature’s greatest hits – unique environments all too often in trouble

FOR 30 years, the United Nations organisation UNESCO has been augmenting its World Heritage List with sites of particular importance for biodiversity, geology and evolution. There are currently 206 of them, with a further eight nominations due to be considered this June. From bizarre geological formations and singular habitats to fascinating fossil beds, here is our selection of the best of the best of Earth’s natural heritage.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Covering an area of almost 350,000 square kilometres off Australia’s east coast, the Great Barrier Reef is home to 400 types of coral, and thousands of species of fish and molluscs. However, it is suffering multiple threats – from “bleaching” due to warming seas to runoff from forest clearance in the neighbouring state of Queensland. According to the most pessimistic predictions, even if current trends can be reversed, the reef will not recover for generations.

Mistaken Point, Canada

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