Seven Great Natural Wonders of the World

Nature can put on a spectacular show when she wants, and these seven great natural wonders of the world are truly unforgettable experiences. These fantastic places are truly astonishing, the crown jewels of planet Earth.

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is sometimes described as the world’s largest living organism. This particular organism is 2000 miles long, covering the north-east coast of Australia, and is a fantastic, dynamic environment. Captain Cook, the discoverer of the east coast of Australia, first encountered the Great Barrier Reef by running aground on a reef.

This seemingly endless maze of environments includes fabulous pristine beaches, atolls, islands, and the marine version of Australia’s unique wildlife. This is a truly wild environment, and when traveling to the Great Barrier Reef you really will see nature in the raw. You may be only a few hundred meters from a resort, and you’ll see whales, sharks, turtles, a staggering array of deep sea fish, sea snakes, and at least one or two animals you didn’t even know existed.

Why not keep an eye in superyacht news by Onboard Online and other quality publications? You might see an opportunity to work on a boat in this incredible destination. Such an experience could be a great GAP year experience; perhaps even an experience to rival the Shrewsbury College educational trips to Greece.

Mount Everest, Himalayas

Mount Everest is the crowning glory of the Himalayas. The Himalayas are the result of massive tectonic forces which are created them. In this area, you are traveling close to the tip of space. This unique high altitude environment is truly an education of itself.

The Himalayas are comprised of an astonishing array of razorback mountains, rivers, valleys, and an even more astonishing array of prehistoric, and human cultural history. The Himalayas are situated in an area which used to be a prehistoric sea called the Tethys Sea, during the dinosaur eras. To this day, you can find ancient seashells, embedded in the tops of mountains, even on Mount Everest!

The human history of the Himalayas is also spectacular. The ancient Silk Road passed through the Himalayas in the area of modern Ladakh. Ancient kingdoms rose and fell, and even Alexander the Great passed through these regions.

Parícutin, Mexico

Parícutin is a unique volcano in Mexico. This is the only volcano in history which has been observed from its formation to its extinction. The volcano erupted first in 1943, to the accompaniment of earthquakes. The first signs of the appearance of volcano were fissures in a cornfield, followed by an early eruption of stones and ash. The volcano grew to 1102 feet tall in its first year and buried the town of San Juan Parangaricutiro with pyroclastic flows and lava, much like Pompeii.

After eight years, the volcano ceased erupting. Lava flows ultimately covered an area of nearly 10 square miles.

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Victoria Falls in Zambia is the largest waterfall system in the world. Discovered and named by the famous explorer David Livingstone, the Victoria Falls are situated on the Zambia and Zimbabwe border. The waterfall is fed by the huge Zambezi River complex and is comprised of six gorges varying from 1 mile to 2 miles long.

The traditional name of Victoria Falls is “The Smoke That Thunders”, and in the rainy season the Victoria Falls live up to that name, raising a huge spout of water vapor. Victoria Falls is located within two national parks, and hosts a very wide array of African wildlife, including elephants, crocodiles and hippos. Victoria Falls is a major tourist destination, easy to access.

The Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States

The Grand Canyon was created by the Colorado River, carved into solid rock 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide with a maximum depth of approximately 1 mile. It was first discovered by Spanish explorer García López de Cárdenas in 1540. The Grand Canyon is believed to have been a sacred site for Native Americans, including the modern Hopi Indians, whose ancestors inhabited the Canyon region in prehistoric times. The Pueblo civilization is also associated with the Grand Canyon.

Aurora

The Aurora, also known as the Aurora Borealis or northern lights, is created by the impact of solar wind radiation on Earth’s magnetic field. This fantastic global light show has held travelers spellbound since ancient times. The Roman historian Seneca considered the Aurora to be “a hole in the sky”. Benjamin Franklin was closer to the truth with his theory that the Aurora was caused by electrical particles.

Aurora colours may include all colours of the rainbow, and relate to interactions between atmospheric oxygen and nitrogen radiating different wavelengths, which produce different colours depending on altitude. The Aurora may sometimes be viewed at much lower latitudes, even as far south as Georgia in the US, during major solar events.

Rio de Janeiro Harbour

The harbour at Rio de Janeiro, officially known as Guanabara Bay, meaning “The bosom of the sea” was a major source of confusion for explorers when it was first encountered. The explorers who named the bay confused the name for bay with the word for river, and it was originally named “Ria de Janeiro” on that basis.

The harbour is huge. It covers an area of 159 square miles and is surrounded by Rio’s famous mountain skyline, with the modern city skyline rising beneath. Local environment is a mix of urban landscapes and Rio’s historical woodland and Mt environments, including surviving coastal mangroves and other natural features.

Guanabara Bay features 130 islands including Governador, the site of the Galeão - Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport and an array of uninhabited, natural islands both within the bay and the mouth of the bay.

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