In 2008 a project was launched to protect and preserve the natural wonders of the planet, it was called The Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This project included Victoria Falls, Aurora Borealis, Grand Canyon, Mount Everest, Rio de Janeiro Harbor, Paricutin Volcano and Great Barrier Reef. As you can see the Wonders are located across the seven continents and include the highest peaks and the deepest oceans.
In this blog we travel to each and every one of these Natural Wonders to see why they were chosen and what is so special about them. We begin our journey in America with the awesome Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon
One of the most recognizable parts of the world’s landscapes has to be the Grand Canyon in Arizona, star of many Hollywood films this amazing rock formation is like the scar on the chin the earth picked up as a kid. At nearly three hundred miles long the Grand Canyon is a truly awesome sight. It is estimated that the gash on the landscape was carved out by its river more than seventeen million years ago. Looking at its exposed rock is the timeline of its geological formation.
Possibly one of the lesser known of the Seven Wonders is the perfectly symmetrical volcano of Paricutin in Mexico. Its inclusion in the project was for the reason that scientists have been able to see and document every stage of its formation, from when it was active to when it became extinct. Around 1935 the fissure grew from a mere tear in a cornfield to a height of almost twelve hundred feet a decade later. Paricutin erupted for almost twenty years until 1952 it became silent and has never spewed lava since.
The Aurora Borealis is an unusual choice for the list as it is actually a phenomena rather than a physical thing. The Aurora can be seen at both polar regions, and is the best light show you will ever see, it sometimes is referred to as the Northern or Southern Lights and can be seen from many locations around the globe. The lights are caused by cosmic particles in the sky that have been charged and the effect that these particles cause interacting with the atmosphere of the Earth. The sky is magically illuminated with vivid colors that looks like a space age sky out of Star Wars.
Our next location is Africa and the wondrous Victoria Falls, its choice is quite interesting as it is not the highest or widest waterfall on earth but everything taken into consideration it’s probably the largest. It is made as the mighty Zambezi river crosses over the border between Zimbabwe to Zambia and the thunderous cascade drops down a mighty three hundred and fifty-five feet.
Named after Queen Victoria of Great Britain by famous Scottish explorer David Livingstone on his epic journey across Africa, Victoria Falls ends part one of our trek across the world to see the Seven Natural Wonders. In part two we travel to South America, Australia and Europe.