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Probably in response to the seven wonders of the ancient world, and perhaps also to the American Society of Civil Engineers seven wonders of the modern world, several lists naming the seven natural wonders of the modern world have been created. The following list is typical, if not authoritative:
|SEVEN NATURAL WONDERS OF THE MODERN WORLD|
|Grand Canyon||Arizona, USA||This huge canyon was created by millions of years of erosion and established as a US national park in 1919.|
|Northern Lights||The sky||Also called the aurora borealis, the northern lights are caused by the interaction of Earth’s magnetic field with the particles in the solar wind.|
|Mt. Everest||The Himalayan Range, bordering Nepal and China||The first recorded climb was achieved by Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on 29 May 1953.|
|Paricutin||Mexico||This young volcano, which was “born” in 1943, was — unlike most other volcanoes — observed in the making.|
|Harbor at Rio de Janeiro||Brazil||The harbor, punctuated by mountains, was home to Tupi Indians before the arrival of Portuguese explorers in 1502.|
|Victoria Falls||Border between Zambia and Zimbabwe||Named for his queen by Scottish missionary David Livingstone in 1855, the falls are 1.25 miles (2 km) wide.|
|Great Barrier Reef||Australia||This coral reef is 1,242 miles (2,000 km) long, threatened by pollution and host to a wide variety of ocean life.|
Other contenders for the list mentioned in other sources include the following — notice how many are falls and mountains:
There are also more localized lists, including the traditional seven wonders of Wales named in the nursery rhyme:
Obviously, the steeple, wells, bridge, and bells were made by humans, but the 240 ft (74 m) waterfall Pistyll Rhaeadr, Mt. Snowdon in Snowdonia National Park in Northwest Wales, and the 21 famous yew trees in the churchyard of St. Mary’s Church in Overton are all natural wonders of the modern world.
Another take-off is the extended list. There are several “100 wonders of the world” lists on the Internet, and nearly all feature a combination of built and natural modern wonders.
@momothree: The walls of the Grand Canyon are made up of cliffs, rocks, valleys, and hills. The rocks are said to have been formed millions of years ago.
Almost 4000 years ago, desert people lived in the Grand Canyon. Adobe houses were built around the canyon by the Pueblo Indians. There are around 75 different species of mammals, 25 species of fish, 300 species of birds, and 50 species of reptiles that habitat the Grand Canyon.
@momothree: You are making a great choice in your vacation plans! The Grand Canyon is one of the magnificent places in our whole country.
The Grand Canyon is located in Arizona and stretches all the way to Colorado. It is a national landmark and a national park. It is 18 miles wide. An average depth of the canyon is around 5,000 feet. The Grand Canyon takes up a whopping 1,218,376 acres of land. To go down to the bottle of the canyon on foot or by camel (they have guided camel tours), it would take 2 days.
We are going to be visiting the Grand Canyon in a couple of months. I am so excited to be able to see such a spectacular place. I am trying to find out as much as I can before we go. Does anyone have any info on the Grand Canyon that I might could use?