Natural Sights and Wonders

Credit for this information and the photos goes to Wikipedia.  Many lists have been made of modern day wonders.

Similar to the other lists of wonders, there is no consensus on a list of seven natural wonders of the world, as there has been debate over how large the list should be. One of the many lists was compiled by CNN:

Grand Canyon

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The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River in the state of Arizona.  The canyon is 277 miles long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles and attains a depth of over a mile.  The Grand Canyon is unmatched throughout the world for the vistas it offers to visitors on the rim.  Grand Canyon is known for its overwhelming size and its intricate and colorful landscape.

Great Barrier Reef

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The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world, composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for 1,600 miles over an area of approximately 133,000 sq miles.   The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia.  The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space.
Harbour of Rio de Janeiro

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The Harbor of Rio De Janeiro is located in the Southeast of Brazil in the city of Rio De Janeiro. The coastal mountains enhance the beauty of the bay. The harbor was named Rio de Janeiro, (River of January) after a portuguese explorer, when the harbor was seen on his expedition in the month of January. Within the natural beauty of the harbor and mountains, is a few of Brazil’s main attractions, including a statue of Christ the Redeemer and the world’s largest Christmas tree. The coastal mountains are Corcovado and Sugarloaf. On top of the Corcovado, the statue of Jesus stands over looking the harbor.

Mount Everest

285px-everest_kalapatthar_cropMount Everest, also called Sagarmatha (Nepali meaning Head of the Sky) is the highest mountain on Earth, as measured by the height of its summit above sea level, which is 29,029 ft. The mountain, which is part of the Himalaya range in High Asia, is located on the border between Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal, and Tibet, China.

Aurora

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Auroras, sometimes called the northern and southern (polar) lights, are natural light displays in the sky, usually observed at night, particularly in the polar regions.
In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis, named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas by Pierre Gassendi in 1621. The aurora borealis is also called the northern polar lights, as it is only visible in the sky from the Northern Hemisphere, the chance of visibility increasing with proximity to the north magnetic pole.
Its southern counterpart, the aurora australis or the southern polar lights, has similar properties, but is only visible from high southern latitudes in Antarctica, South America, or Australasia. Australis is the Latin word for “of the South.”

Parícutin volcano

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Parícutin is a cinder cone volcano in the Mexican state of Michoacán, close to a lava-covered village of the same name.
The volcano began as a fissure in a cornfield owned by Dionisio Pulido on February 20, 1943.
Pulido, his wife, and their son all witnessed the initial eruption of ash and stones first-hand as they plowed the field.
Much of the volcano’s growth occurred during its first year.
Nearby villages Paricutín (after which the volcano was named) and San Juan Parangaricutiro were both buried in lava and ash; the residents relocated to vacant land nearby.
For the next eight years the volcano would continue erupting, although this was dominated by relatively quiet eruptions of lava that would scorch the surrounding land.
The volcano’s activity would slowly decline during this period until the last six months of the eruption, during which violent and explosive activity was frequent.
In 1952 the eruption ended and Parícutin went quiet. The volcano has been quiet since. Like most cinder cones, Parícutin is a monogenetic volcano, which means that it will never erupt again.
Victoria Falls

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The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is a waterfall situated in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The falls are, by some measures, the most enormous waterfall in the world, as well as being among the most unusual in form, and having arguably the most diverse and easily seen wildlife of any major waterfall site.

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