The second and concluding part of our journey across the world to visit the Seven Natural Wonders will take us to South America, Asia and Australia. In part one we saw the amazing Aurora Borealis and visited the Hollywood star that is The Grand Canyon, but now it is time to go to Brazil and to its beautiful harbor at Rio de Janeiro.
Harbor of Rio de Janeiro
One of the most iconic cities in the world is home to our next Natural Wonder, namely the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro. The harbor is situated in Guanabara Bay which is a twenty mile stretch of beautiful land east of the great Brazilian city.
At one time the bay was brimming with a flourishing and vibrant ecosystem, but man has brought havoc to this once beautiful underwater environment. By placing the harbor on the list of the Seven Natural Wonders it is hoped that is will bring world attention to this glorious part of Brazil and that it can reverse decades of misuse by mankind.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is truly a marvelous wonder, but because of its amazing beauty it has in recent years been abused and is starting to show the effects of urbanization. There are over one thousand islands among the three thousand reefs, and it covers an area of eastern Queensland that is over one thousand four hundred miles long.
The reef is made up of billions of small organisms that are called polyps that have grown and formed an environment for over one thousand six hundred species of fish. Nowadays concentrated effort to restore and preserve the reef’s ecosystem is underway, and it is hoped that this most beautiful part of the world will be preserved for future generations.
From the greatest depths of Australia, we travel to the lofty peaks of Asia and the world’s highest point, which is of course Mount Everest. Located at the roof of the planet in Nepal, this mountain dwarfs any other point in the world.
It sheer size is awesome as it stands over twenty-nine thousand feet high, normally the cruising height for jetliners. The first-time man tried to climb to the summit of this giant was in the 1920’s but it was not until thirty years later that Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay managed the spectacular feat.
Today with modern climbing equipment, oxygen tanks and detailed climbing maps the task is not quite so daunting, but only for the supremely fit and those that are prepared to take massive risks. It was for man’s epic achievement for conquering the unconquerable that Mount Everest probably was included in the magnificent seven.
Our traversing across the globe ends on the snowy slopes of Mount Everest, and as we head back down to base camp it is time to reflect on the epic journey that we have undertaken. From the lofty peaks of Asia to the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, these Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth illuminate how diverse and splendid our planet is, and how much we should respect and understand it.