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Offbeat Traveler: Potential UNESCO World Heritage sites

Starting next week, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will meet to consider 36 sites for its well-regarded list that includes the likes of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Arizona's Grand Canyon, Peru's Machu Picchu and Britain's Stonehenge. Besides prestige, inscription offers opportunities for preservation aid. Though the World Heritage Committee makes the final decisions, two organizations spend months evaluating nominated sites. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reviews natural sites and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) reviews cultural sites. Here's a look at some of their recommendations for inscription. -- Jason La, Los Angeles
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