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Our planet is full of amazing places to explore. Some sights are so incredible we hardly believe our eyes when we see them. Here is a list of some of the most beautiful and bizarre natural wonders of the world.
1.The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on the planet. Located in the Coral See, off the coast of Queensland, Australia, the reef is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, stretching for over 2,300 kilometers (1,400 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometers (133,000 sq. mi).
2. Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s largest tropical rainforest. It’s located in 9 different countries (Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana) but the majority of it (around 60%) is in Brazil. The largest rainforest on earth is home to 427 mammals, 1,300 birds, 378 reptiles and more than 400 amphibians.
3. Marble Caves, Chile
A true natural wonder that must be seen to be believed. Marble Caves are a series of sculpted caves in the General Carrera lake in Patagonia. The Cave, the Chapel and the Cathedral, the three different structures that form Marble Caves, have been formed by flowing water over 6,000 years. Their beautiful color is due to a reflection of the lake’s turquoise water.
4. Victoria Falls
Located on the Zambezi River between Zimbabwe and Zambia, Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The local tribes call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya, which literally means “The smoke that thunders” and it’s easy to understand why — the noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometers and the spray and mist from the falling water is raising to over 400 meters.
The aurora borealis or aurora australis, the northern or southern lighs are an ethereal display of colorful lights shimmering across the night sky. The auroras occur when highly charged electrons from the solar wind interact with elements in the earth’s atmosphere. The auroras generally occur along the “auroral ovals,” which center on the magnetic poles (not the geographic poles) and roughly correspond with the Arctic and Antarctic circles.
6. Grand Canyon
Unarguably one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,093 feet or 1,857 meters). It has eroded and formed thanks to the Colorado River cutting its channels through layers of rock over the course of 17 million years.
7. Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is located in the Quang Ninh province in northern Vietnam. It’s a popular tourist destination thanks to its gorgeous limestone karsts and its floating fishing village. Ha Long Bay has been first recognized as World Natural Heritage since 1994 by UNESCO for the natural beauty, and for the second time for its geographical and geomorphological values since 2000.