Located in North America, the majority of the Grand Canyon is located within Grand Canyon National Park. It was created by erosion of the Colorado River. The canyon is 227 miles long, ranging in width from 4 to 18 miles and has a depth of over 1 mile. With its overall scale and size combined with the beautiful coloured landscape it truly is a natural wonder.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is just off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia. It is the largest coral reef system in the world and the largest structure in the world created by living organisms. Stretching 1,600 miles and including 900 islands it is so vast it can be seen from outer space. A large part of the reef is under protection by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, helping reduce and limit human impact, such as fishing and tourism. The reef supports many endangered species, ranging from 30 species of whale to more than 1,500 species of fish.
Harbour of Rio de Janeiro
Situated in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, the harbour was created by erosion from the Atlantic Ocean. The locals of Rio de Janeiro are so proud of their geologically defined home that they say “God made the world in six days and on the seventh he concentrated on Rio”. The harbour itself is a fantastic tourist location as it offers many different perspectives at various heights.
Representing the highest spot on the Earth’s surface, with a summit peaking at 29,029 feet, Mount Everest is located in the Himalaya Mountains on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Hiking to the base of the mountain is said to be best way to experience Mount Everest. The climb requires you to be a more experience climber and to purchase a permit.
Aurora, named after the Roman goddess of dawn, also has a Norse mythology surrounding it, as it is said the Valkyries would come galloping across the night sky upon their horses equipped with helmets, spears and armour that would glow and shimmer in the darkness creating beautiful lights across the horizon. The closer to the magnetic pole, the chances of seeing the northern lights increases, however it is hard to predict when or if the lights will appear.
Paricutin Volcano, located in Michoacán Mexico, was established as a natural wonder because mankind witnessed its birth. The Volcano grew so fast it reached three quarters of its size within one year of forming. It now stands at an official height varying from 9,101 to 10,397 feet. This volcano last erupted in 1952.
Victoria Falls is also known by the name of Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “mist that thunders”. This name seems appropriate seeing as it is the largest waterfall, measuring one mile wide and 360 feet high. This is nearly three times the height of Niagara Falls. The waterfall is under the protection of two national parks in Zambia and Zimbabwe, which is where it’s located between these two countries boarders. Inside the spray of the waterfall a rainbow can be seen during any part of the day, but is at its brightest during the early part of the day.
Have you ever seen any of these natural wonders?