Exploring The 7 Wonders Of The Natural World - Exploring Our Globe

From the plummeting waters of Victoria Falls through to the vibrancy of the Great Barrier Reef, our world has created the most astonishing natural attractions. 

1. The Grand Canyon

Situated in Arizona in the USA, the 277-mile long Grand Canyon is truly awe-inspiring. The canyon, which measures up to a mile deep and some 18 miles wide at its broadest, was formed over time by the unstoppable course of the Colorado River. Scientists estimate that the river first carved out its path more than 17 million years ago.

2. The Northern Lights

Seen in both the polar regions of the planet, this dazzling light show is aptly referred to as the Northern (or Southern) Lights. Unlike most wonders, you can view an aurora from many different locations around the world. The higher the latitude, the more likely you are to see them. The Northern Lights effect is brought on by charged cosmic particles entering and interacting with the Earth's atmosphere. It causes vivid colours to be painted across the night sky.

3. Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the next natural wonder of our planet. You need to see it to believe it. It features nearly 3,000 individual reefs and almost 1,000 islands stretching for over 1,400 miles. The reef is a globally recognised landmark of Australia and a point of pride for Australians around the globe. It is made of billions of minuscule organisms called coral polyps.

4. Parícutin

One of the lesser-known entries on this list, Parícutin is just as impressive as many more well-known landmarks. It is an example of a near-perfect cinder cone volcano located in Michoacán, Mexico. One thing sets Parícutin apart from the many others of its kind around the world. 

Parícutin

5. Victoria Falls

As the Zambezi River crosses the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, its waters descend 355 feet to form the astonishing Victoria Falls. The waterfall was named in 1855 by Scottish explorer David Livingstone after Queen Victoria, the then reigning English monarch. The indigenous name Mosi-oa-Tunya or "The Smoke that Thunders" is still in use locally. 

6. Harbour of Rio de Janeiro

Guanabara Bay is a 19-mile stretch of land to the east of Rio de Janeiro, the second-largest city in Brazil. More than 100 islands are situated around the bay, including the car-free Paquetá Island, and Villegagnon Island, the site of the Brazilian Naval School. 

7.  Mount Everest

Last, but certainly not least, is the world's highest point. Known as Sagarmāthā in Nepal, and Chomolungma in Tibet, Mount Everest is one of the most iconic natural features of the globe. At 29,029 feet tall, it is ranked first amongst mountains for both elevation and prominence.

The first recorded attempts to scale Everest were made in the 1920s by British mountaineers. However, it would take more than three decades until Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and New Zealander Edmund Hilary managed to reach the summit in 1953. 

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From the plummeting waters of Victoria Falls through to the vibrancy of the Great Barrier Reef, our world has created the most astonishing natural attractions. 

1. The Grand Canyon

Situated in Arizona in the USA, the 277-mile long Grand Canyon is truly awe-inspiring. The canyon, which measures up to a mile deep and some 18 miles wide at its broadest, was formed over time by the unstoppable course of the Colorado River. Scientists estimate that the river first carved out its path more than 17 million years ago.

2. The Northern Lights

Seen in both the polar regions of the planet, this dazzling light show is aptly referred to as the Northern (or Southern) Lights. Unlike most wonders, you can view an aurora from many different locations around the world. The higher the latitude, the more likely you are to see them. The Northern Lights effect is brought on by charged cosmic particles entering and interacting with the Earth's atmosphere. It causes vivid colours to be painted across the night sky.

3. Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the next natural wonder of our planet. You need to see it to believe it. It features nearly 3,000 individual reefs and almost 1,000 islands stretching for over 1,400 miles. The reef is a globally recognised landmark of Australia and a point of pride for Australians around the globe. It is made of billions of minuscule organisms called coral polyps.

4. Parícutin

One of the lesser-known entries on this list, Parícutin is just as impressive as many more well-known landmarks. It is an example of a near-perfect cinder cone volcano located in Michoacán, Mexico. One thing sets Parícutin apart from the many others of its kind around the world. 

Parícutin

5. Victoria Falls

As the Zambezi River crosses the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, its waters descend 355 feet to form the astonishing Victoria Falls. The waterfall was named in 1855 by Scottish explorer David Livingstone after Queen Victoria, the then reigning English monarch. The indigenous name Mosi-oa-Tunya or "The Smoke that Thunders" is still in use locally. 

6. Harbour of Rio de Janeiro

Guanabara Bay is a 19-mile stretch of land to the east of Rio de Janeiro, the second-largest city in Brazil. More than 100 islands are situated around the bay, including the car-free Paquetá Island, and Villegagnon Island, the site of the Brazilian Naval School. 

7.  Mount Everest

Last, but certainly not least, is the world's highest point. Known as Sagarmāthā in Nepal, and Chomolungma in Tibet, Mount Everest is one of the most iconic natural features of the globe. At 29,029 feet tall, it is ranked first amongst mountains for both elevation and prominence.

The first recorded attempts to scale Everest were made in the 1920s by British mountaineers. However, it would take more than three decades until Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and New Zealander Edmund Hilary managed to reach the summit in 1953. 

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