19 December, 2007

St. Paul's Subterranean River National Park Postcards

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 kilometers north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It is also known as St. Paul's Subterranean River National Park. It was inscribed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on December 4, 1999.

St. Paul's Subterranean River Postcard 1

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.

St. Paul's Subterranean River Postcard 2

Until the 2007 discovery of an underground river in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Puerto Princesa's underground river is reputed to be the world's longest.

St. Paul's Subterranean River Postcard 3

The area also represents a significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. The site contains a full mountain-to-the-sea ecosystem and has some of the most important forests in Asia.

St. Paul's Subterranean River Postcard 4

St. Paul's Subterranean River Postcard 5

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