by Fernando T. on 26/10/08 at 3:01 am
Ever wonder if Earth has any unique places to visit? Well, here we have seven natural wonders, all created by nature itself, that will inspire you and millions of other people when they visit the natural site.
Take a look at this list of Natural Wonders of the World. I think, by looking at the pictures, that they would be a wonderful addition to my travels I am planning later in my life. I think that all of you should also travel to these places so that you can view the spectacular sites away from our normal, busy lives. Please enjoy and I hope you may have a chance to get inspired by these natural beauties.
The Grand Canyon
Located in the northern part of Arizona, the Grand Canyon is a very large and steep gorge carved by the Colorado River, located one mile below the rim. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long (446 kilometers) and ranges in width from 0.1 to 18 miles (0.2 to 29 kilometers). At the bottom of the rim, the river exposes million-year-old rocks, which are one of the oldest rocks on earth. The Grand Canyon contains 75 species of mammals, 300 species of birds, 25 species of fish, and 50 species of reptiles. This canyon became a national park in 1919 and millions of people still visit the canyon for its beautiful landscape and amazing size.
The Great Barrier Reef
Located off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia, the colorful Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world, about the size of the state of California, with an area of 135,000 square miles (349,648 square kilometers). You can see the reef from outer space and is the world’s largest single structure created by living organisms. The Great Barrier Reef supports a wide diversity of life, with over 300 different species marine animals. Because of its warm waters, about two million people, including tourists and scuba divers, visit the reef each year for its beauty and marine life, yet, it is presently facing environmental threats. The most significant threat is the climate change because mass coral bleaching have occurred due to the rising ocean temperatures in the summers of 1998, 2002, and 2006. Climate change also affect the wildlife on the coral reef because when fish’s preferred temperature lead them to new areas, seabird chick mortality rate increases because of the lack of fish they feed on. The crown-of-thorns starfish is a predator, which feeds on coral polyps, destroying large parts of the coral reef. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park protects the Great Barrier Reef to limit the human impact of overfishing and tourism so that this magnificent reef can maintain its beauty and continue to be part of a natural wonder.