Everyone is familiar with the 7 wonders of the world right? One of the leading topics you might have come across in General Knowledge classes at school. It was considered an achievement to remember all the seven names.
Many people like to do something challenging like climbing mountains, skydiving, roaming Rome and so on but visiting one of the 7 natural wonders if not all can be mind-blowing.
The list for the 7 natural wonders of the world was put together by CNN, let’s look at them briefly-
1. Mount Everest
Thousands of people worldwide are seduced by the Mount Everest, one of the deadliest mountains in history. Also compiled in the list of 7 natural wonders of the world.
The Mighty Everest is situated between the border of Nepal and Tibet. It was first discovered in 1856, 600 climbers on average make it on top of the peak out of 4000.
As high as a kite can get, the Everest is 8848 meters in height by the official record.
Why is it a wonder?
Because it grows by over half a centimeter every year. Now it’s 41 cm taller than it was when Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay climbed it back in 1953.
It happens as the tectonic plates keep pushing the giant rock up towards the firmament. The Tibetan name of this mount is Chomolungma meaning “Mother goddess of the universe”.
The winds can blow over 320kph giving a small window of opportunity to climb it every year. There are 18 different climbing routes but the Southeast Ridge from Nepal and Northridge from Tibet are used regularly.
Before you want to climb the mountain, you must pray for protection from mountain gods in a traditional pooja ceremony by a Buddhist lama.
Watch this video to have a 360-degree tour of Mount Everest.
2. Harbour of Rio De Janeiro
Rio De Janeiro means “River of January” in Portuguese. It’s located in Brazil, surrounded by beautiful granite mountains that were formed by erosion from the Atlantic Ocean.
It is world-famous for being the largest bay, having a mountain that comes down to the edge of the water and a colossal statue of Christ the Redeemer looking down on the city with outstretched hands from atop.
The bay has 88 miles in length and has 50 miles of beaches and has the largest volume of water at 49470899 cubic gallons. It’s the third-largest city in South America and a host to the Olympic Games held in 2016.
If you’ve seen the movie Fast Five (Fast and Furious 5), you’ll know how this bay looks like.
3. Great Barrier Reef
‘Fish are Friends, Not food’, remember the movie, Finding Nemo? The Great Barrier Reef is the home of Nemo. It is one of the planet’s most extraordinary wonders given by mother Nature.
As far as my eyes could see there are 2900 individual reefs constructed by billions of coral polyps, a minuscule living organism.
The coral reef system and the organisms can be spotted from space apart from the great wall of china.
The reef is bigger than the UK, Holland, and Switzerland combined and ineffably a unique arcadia. To preserve it for future generations it is listed as a World Heritage Area by UNESCO.
Big hitters like – turtles, sharks, clownfish, manta rays, whales, giant clams, Maori wrasse are the captivating creatures that must be protected. The drive to protect them is rippled from the boatman to hoteliers in Brazil.
The myriad species of marine life under and over the water is splendid and a delight to the eyes.
Whether you adore the water or just want to see one of the great wonders of nature, The Great Barrier Reef is one of those places you must visit.
4. Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is one of Africa’s most spectacular nature’s wonders which pours down water that is 1.7km wide and also the adrenaline capital.
The spray from the falls is so powerful that the plunging splashes of water rising can be seen from 50 kilometers away. Victoria Falls has its name because Zambian people had huge respect for the missionary, David Livingstone.
It’s neither the largest nor the widest waterfall but has the credit for the largest single sheet of flowing water on the planet.
Locally it’s also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “ the smoke that thunders”. It can be an ideal destination for your bucket list because of its wicked glory.
Adventure seekers can find their divine abode here. The place is for river boarding, white-water rafting, jet boating, bungee jumping, abseiling, zip-lining, micro lighting and gorge swinging.
And crowd-pleasers like sunset boat cruises, riding an old steam train and drinking gin will be perennial to fun lovers. Not to mention the animal experiences and safari activities like trailing white rhinos, spotting elephants and birds.
You can see 80% of them all from the Zimbabwean side and 25% from the Zambian side. June and July is the best time to visit for it has the prettiest level of water at that time span.
5. Paricutin Volcano
Volcan de Particutin, located in the state of Michoacan, Mexico was once an active Volcano. The reason behind its place in 7 natural wonders is that it is the only volcano whose surge was witnessed and documented by humans in 1943.
It was a scientific attraction those days but the lava destroyed the Mexican villages of Paricutin. The guided tours and horseback rides are considered as the popular option to wander around.
Paricutin is a monogenetic volcano now which means it’s never going to erupt again. The last eruption was in 1952 and its final height is 424 from the cornfield from which it was born.
Also, read the amusing story of how suddenly the Volcano sprouted from nowhere in a farmer’s field.
6. Grand Canyon
The natural wonder Grand canyon has been the recipient of drawing oohs and aahs from visitors over the towering cliffs. The colorful rock layers situated in Australia have billions of years of history and conceals many unique species.
It is a well-known gorge which can be explored on foot either by a day hike or an overnight camping hike. It can be quite a trip for you as it ts 227 miles long and 18 miles wide with over a mile of depth in its sinuous path.
Serves as the best location to hunt and enjoy the scenery.
Who viewed the canyon first? – Francisco Vasquez de Coronado with a group of Spanish soldiers found the canyon while in his quest in search of Fabulous Seven Cities of Gold.
The Canyon also reveals nearly 40% of the earth’s history. A metamorphic rock that is 1.75 billion years old is found that nearly half the age of the Earth.
One more intriguing fact here is the snakes are pink in color. Of the six rattlesnake species found in the canyon, one has a queer hue resembling the color of local rocks.
Can you believe it’s also a major topic to debate about because the scientist still hasn’t gotten an idea and doesn’t agree on how it exactly formed?
7. Aurora Borealis
It’s a celebration to watch all the natural lights appearing as shimmering lines of vivid color in the horizons across the sky.
Watching Aurora Borealis is like colorful waves from the sea littered with tiny stars. We could write a thousand poems watching its serene beauty.
The dancing lights of the aurora is nothing but the collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun entering the earth’s atmosphere. The best place to watch this phenomenal beauty is either the northern or southern hemisphere.
It’s a shame to know that this magnificent display can only be visible at any time of the day from 4 pm and as late as 6 am. Even the clouds can obscure this view.
The appearance of the northern lights is notoriously tough to predict as it is a naturally occurring phenomenon. It completely depends on solar activity.
The secret to behold aurora is perfect patience. It would be a grave mistake to not watch the Northern lights as it is one of the spectacular 7 natural wonders of the world. It’s a great breakfast time story to tell your grandkids in the future!
To Sum Up
These seven natural wonders are nature’s most impressive gifts to the planet and humanity. You need to see it to believe it. All these wonders are globally recognized landmarks and a point of pride to the country it belongs to.
If you’re looking forward to visiting all these wondrous beauties you should be fit in physical and mental conditions because climbing Mount Everest hiking the grand canyon is not simple. It’s a great risk to undergo the venture.
Of course, there are unutterably many amazing places on the planet but the most awe-inspiring is these 7 natural wonders of the world. And the interesting thing is it’s found in all the five continents.
Each turn of the path can be overwhelming with the way it inspires our inner feelings praising the creator. I can never forget the visit to the Great Barrier Reef because it holds a lot of fish which is lovely to watch.
Each of these seven wonders is in existence today and they’ll fill you with amazement and fascination indeed. It’s easy to understand why millions trek around the world to uncover the mother nature’s greatest marvels.
1. Is Niagra Falls One of the natural wonders of the world?
Niagra falls is the New 8th wonder of the world. With 7 natural wonders which include Grands Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. So Niagra falls certainly tops the list in Canada’s top wonders. The area around Niagra is one of the most unique geologic features on the planet which is known as Niagra Escarpment.
2. How long does an Aurora last?
The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights normally appear between 5 pm to 2 am. They don’t usually simmer lights for that long, it might be a few minutes too. A recorded good display might be anywhere from 15 – 20 minutes longer.
3. What makes Victoria Falls a natural wonder?
Victoria Falls is one of the seven greatest natural wonders of the world. It is neither the longest or largest but is known for the largest single sheet of falling water on the planet.
4. Has anyone died at devil’s Pool Victoria falls?
No, there’s no reported death in Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls in Zambia till now. Of course there’s a potential for death, obviously, you’re swimming on top of a massive single sheet of water falling from 1.7km height.
5. How Old is Grand Canyon?
70 million years old. Yes. that’s what some scientists believe that the real age of the Grand Canyon. While others contend that it’s anywhere between 5 and 6 million years old. The debate is going on for 150 years between various experts