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Mother Earth is home to some of the most amazing natural wonders. From tall waterfalls to huge, lush-green forests, breath-taking natural scenery of the mountains to spectacular water bodies and marine life; our planet offers us a great variety, leaving us spoilt for choice.
Wherever you live, a stunning view of nature is never too far away. In this Buzzle article, we have tried to list some of the most remarkable natural wonders of the world. These awe-inspiring and enticing natural wonders will definitely allure you with their charm. Time spent exploring and enjoying some of nature's most remarkable wonders will revitalize your tired soul and rejuvenate your senses.
Warning: By the time you are at the end of this list, you will be ready to pack your bags and set on a wanderlust!
World's Most Wonderful Places
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Situated on the north-east coast of Australia, Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system. Spread over a stretch of 2600 kilometers, it is composed of over 2900 individual reefs, 900 islands covering an area of over 344,400 square kilometers. It is home to a diverse range of marine life, and offers a spectacular view of the underwater. Clear blue waters, vast biodiversity, and easy accessibility, makes it a very popular tourist destination. Great Barrier Reef can even be spotted from outer space. If scuba-diving and snorkeling are your cup of tea, this is the place for you.
Aurora Borealis, The Northern Hemisphere
Imagine the sky colored in the hues of green, navy blue, pink, and red; as if an artist has unleashed his imagination and has painted the sky in bright, beautiful colors. This is what you will see if you happen to witness the 'Aurora Borealis' phenomenon. Occurring in high latitude regions like the Arctic and Antarctic, Aurora Borealis is a natural display of light in the sky. It is caused by the collision of energetic charged particles from the solar wind with elements in the earth's atmosphere. This phenomenon occurs mostly during September to October, and from March to April, in countries of the Northern Hemisphere.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States
Spread over a distance of 277 miles, spanning 18 miles in width, the Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon, carved by the Colorado river in the United States. One glance at the canyon and you will be left wondering about the intriguing, intricate, and colorful landscape. It has taken millions of years for it to come to its present state. The Grand Canyon is a geologist's paradise and a perfect location for hiking and trekking. It is considered as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
The Amazon Rainforest, South America
Covering an area of 1.4 billion acres, the Amazon rainforest, also known as the Amazonia, is the largest tropical rainforest in the world. It spreads over 9 countries in South America, with Brazil having the largest share (around 60%). Other countries are Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Guyana, Bolivia, Suriname, Colombia, and French Guiana. It is the richest and the most diverse biological reservoir, containing several thousand species of birds, animals, plants, and insects. It is a nature-lover's paradise. However, it is also home to some of the most dangerous and deadly creatures, like the anaconda, jaguar, etc.
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay literally translates to 'descending dragon' bay in Vietnamese. A UNESCO world heritage site, Ha Long Bay covers an area of about 1553 kilometers, and comprises around 2000 islets and thousands of limestone karsts. It attracts tourists from all over the world for its scenic splendor, geological history, and biodiversity.
Iguazu Falls, Argentina & Brazil
A grand and splendid view awaits you, if you plan to visit the Iguazu Falls. Situated on the borders of Argentina and Brazil with 80% of it falling in Argentina, Iguaza Falls is one of the most beautiful and mammoth waterfalls you will ever see. 275 individual waterfalls, spanning over a distance of about 2.7 kilometers, dropping down by 82 meters, creates a sight to behold. Best time to visit it is the month of May, when the waterfall is in full spate. Iguazu Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new seven wonders of the world.
The Great Blue Hole, Belize
300 meters across and 124 meters deep, the Great Blue Hole is a large circular hole just off the coast of Belize in South America. Due to its depth, the water here looks deep blue in color. Tourists from all over the world visit this amazing creation of nature, and enjoy the clear views of underwater flora and fauna. The Great Blue Hole is a part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Imagine a wide stretch of white, dried, salt lake, spread over an area of more than 10,000 square kilometers - that is what Salar de Uyuni, located in southeastern Bolivia, offers. This flat, white stretch of salt, is also the breeding ground of pink flamingos.
Shilin or Stone Forest, Yunnan, China
Shilin literally means Stone Forest in Chinese. This unusual stalagmite-type rock formation on the ground, is situated in the Yunnan province of China and spreads over an area of 300 square kilometers. The stone forest is said to be a creation of seismic activity, water, and wind erosion. Visitors marvel at the unusual stone formations and are bewitched by their intricacy.
Dead Sea, Israel/Jordan/Palestine
Dead Sea lies between Jordan and Israel, and is one of the saltiest water bodies in the world. Due to its salinity, it does not support any life and hence has been named so. Dead Sea lies 423 meters below sea level. It has attracted visitors from ancient times due to the healing and health properties of its water.
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galápagos Islands, situated 965 kilometers west of the mainland of Ecuador, is a world in itself with its diverse, endemic, and exquisite biodiversity. Many inquisitive visitors from around the world travel to this island, made famous by Charles Darwin, to experience the beauty of the wilderness.
Moraine Lake, Canada
Situated in the Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake is one of the most spectacular and serene lakes. Crystal clear indigo water, with mountain peaks of the Rockies in the backdrop, along with some great hiking trails, makes it a must-visit destination. This glacier-fed lake is situated in the Valley of ten peaks, at an elevation of around 1885 meters from sea level. It is accessible from late spring to early autumn.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Situated in the county Clare, the Cliffs of Moher are Ireland's topmost tourist attraction. Spread over 8 kilometers and rising more than 200 meters above the Atlantic ocean, the cliffs are magnificent and offer a splendid view of the Atlantic. The cliffs are also home to many cliff-nesting birds, and is a designated UNESCO Geo Park.
Lake Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal is considered the oldest lake in the world. With a depth of 1650 meters and a surface area of 31,722 square kilometers, it contains 20% of the world's unfrozen fresh water reserve. More than 1700 species of plants and animals call it their home, of which two-third are unique to this place. Lake Baikal offers it's visitors with stunning scenic views.
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
The Ngorongoro Crater is Africa's jewel. Spread over an area of 300 square kilometers, it has an exotic biodiversity, fine landscapes, and varied wildlife. If wildlife adventures excites you, then this is the right place for you.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world's largest uninterrupted, free-falling waterfall. With the water falling from a height of 979 meters of which 807 meters is free fall, a good amount of the water turns into a mist before reaching the bottom.
Verdon Gorge, France
Verdon Gorge in France is considered to be one of the most beautiful river canyons in Europe. 25 kilometers in length and about 700 meters deep, the gorge is a favorite destination for rock climbing and trekking enthusiasts. The exquisite green-turquoise color is its distinguishing characteristic. It offers one of the most exotic and breath-taking scenic views you will ever see.
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Situated in the west coast of New Zealand's South Island, Milford Sound is a fjord that offers beautiful, serene, and breath-taking scenic views. It was described by Rudyard Kipling as the eighth wonder of the world. The fjord's cliffs above the blue water, mountains rising high, and waterfalls majestically cascading down the rocks, adds to its magnificent beauty. It is surely a place any nature-lover can't miss.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Famous for its lakes arranged in cascades, the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe, and the largest in Croatia. Covering an area of 297 square kilometers, it is a nature-lover's paradise. Crystal clear waters, dramatic waterfalls running down over rocky edges, and the green surroundings, create a sight to behold.
Pangong Tso, China/India
Pangong Tso, which literally means 'enchanted' lake in Tibetan, is situated on the China-India border, in the laps of Himalayas at a height of 4350 meters from sea level. It covers an area of 604 square kilometers. Crystal blue waters, with the Himalayas in the background, creates an enchanting view that will leave you spellbound.
Mt. Everest, Nepal/Tibet
Mt. Everest is the world's highest mountain, with its highest peak at a 8848 meters above sea level. It attracts climbers from around the world. The snow-capped mountains offer an amazing view. It is among the seven natural wonders of the world.
Niagara Falls, Canada
Niagara Falls comprises three waterfalls, and is situated on the US-Canada border. The width and the majestic splendor of the falls will bewitch you. The best time to visit it is between mid-May and mid-September.
Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Harbor of Rio de Janeiro has one of the most spectacular natural surroundings of mountains and formations. Also known as the Guanabara bay, it is the largest bay is the world by volume. It is also famous for the giant statue of Jesus that stands tall on the Corcovado mountain overlooking the bay.
These were some of the most amazing and remarkable natural wonders of the world. But, the list doesn't end here, as our planet is blessed with many more beautiful natural wonders. A few more places worth mentioning are as follows:
Chocolate Hills, Philippines
Antelope Canyon, United States
Pulpit Rock, Norway
Paria Canyon, United States
Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland
Na Pali Coast, Hawaii, United States
Yellowstone National Park, United States
Mount Fuji, Japan
Komodo Island, Indonesia
Azure Window, Malta
Bay of Fundy, Canada
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Volcanic Eruptions at Stromboli, Italy
Wadden Sea, Germany and the Netherlands
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland
Trango Towers, Pakistan
Jeju Island, South Korea
Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe
Skaftafell National Park, Iceland
It is almost impossible to list all the natural wonders of the world. But, I hope this list has enticed you enough. So, what are you waiting for? Pick your favorite location, pack your bags, and set on the journey of a lifetime. Bon Voyage!