Saturday, January 10, 2015

Top 10 Natural Wonders of the World to See

The Earth is an incredible planet that holds many spectacular places to see. From snowy mountains to the heated air of the desert, this world pulsates with life and never ceases to amaze us. For your viewing pleasure GreenBuzzz has created a list of top 10 natural wonders of the world, which reminds us how grand and awesome nature is in its majestic beauty.

10.Mount Everest, Nepal, Tibet and China
Mount Everest
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Mount Everest is the highest mountain on the Earth. It attracts mountain climbers all around the world. Standing tall and proud at 8,848 meters, this giant can be also dangerous to inexperienced mountaineers, because of harsh weather, altitude sickness and powerful winds.

9. Aurora Borealis, Northern Hemisphere
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Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights is a natural, colorful light display in night sky. The color array ranges from green and red to yellow and green. They occur most often in early spring and early autumn.

8. Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Australia
Great Barrier Reef
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The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. It is made out of 900 islands and around 3,000 reefs. The whole reef system stretches 2,600 km wide. It can be even seen from orbit, and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms.

7. Iguazu Falls, Brazil and Argentina
Iguazu Falls
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Locals have nicknamed the Iguazu Falls “Devil’s Throat”. This U-shaped waterfall holds an incredibly wide array of plant, bird and mammal species in its “throat”.

6. Antarctica
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Although the  dry and windy continent is almost completely covered by ice, Antarctica technically is the largest desert on the Earth. It has also the highest elevation of all continents, making it the coldest continent on this planet.

5. Grand Canyon, Arizona, U.S.A.
Grand Canyon
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It took the Colorado river 6 million years to create this more than a mile deep canyon system. Slowly layer after layer of rock the Grand Canyon as we see it today was formed. The view is breath-taking on its own, but adventurers can also explore the numerous cave systems within this natural wonder.

4. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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The 19 islands of Galapagos are also called a “living museum and the showcase of evolution”. In spite of the active vulcanos, the wildlife here is the most unusual. The land iguana, giant tortoise and a wide variety of finches, are just few of many species that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, when he visited these islands.

3. Amazon Rainforest, South America
Amazon Rainforest
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Located in the Amazon Basin, South America, the Amazon Rainforest is 1.2 billion acres wide. It is the largest rainforest in the world. In fact, its area represents more than half of the Earth’s remaining tropical rainforests.

2. Milford Sound, New Zealand
Milford Sound
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was filmed in this location. Although it is called Milford Sound, it is actually a ford. There are many wonderful mountains like The Elephant that looks like an elephant’s head or the Lion Mountain that resembles a crouching lion. These cliffs are covered in rainforests, and seals, penguins and dolphins can be spotted in the nearby waters.

1. Serengeti Migration, Tanzania and Kenya
Serengeti Migration
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One of the most recorded events in wildlife documentaries is the great Serengati migration, which is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the Earth. The sight is breathtaking, when wildebeests, zebras and other mammals cross a 500 km (300 miles) distance from the Southern Serengeti to the North.

Maybe you have seen these amazing places in real life, maybe you are just at the beginning of the journey to explore them. Till then, we hope you enjoyed this list of Top 10 natural wonders of the world.


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