Do you have a bucket list, or perhaps a travel list of places and things you want to see before you die? I do. The thing is the list keeps on growing. And growing, and growing… and after putting this slideshow together, that list grew just a little bit more.
In 1997, CNN released a list of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World:
The Great Barrier Reef
The Harbor at Rio de Janeiro
The thing is you can’t possibly round it down to seven. Seriously now, seven?! In lieu of Earth Month/Earth Week and Earth Day (April 22), I wanted to show you just how miraculous the world we live in really is. I truly have no idea how CNN accomplished narrowing the list down as I had a really tough time keeping this one under 50! Click-through, read and behold – It is truly a beautiful and wondrous world we live in.
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Located in the Quang Ninh province of Vietnam, this bay is one incredible sight that runs along the coastline. What makes it so amazing? The thousands of limestone islands, karsts and isles that are completely covered in jungle vegetation.
From first glance it looks like a huge white ocean, but the truth is this flat is thought to contain over ten billion tons of salt. It's the largest salt flat in the world and spans 4,086 square miles in southwest Bolivia. As part of the Andes, it is located 11,995 feet above sea level.
People travel far and wide to Norway, Alaska and Yellowknife to view this magnificent sight! Legend has it that the Northern Lights aka Aurora Borealis occur when the spirits of those who've died pass over the heavens while the whistling crackling noise that tends to accompany the lights are the voices of those spirits. The scientific explanation: when highly charged electrons from the solar system meet elements such as oxygen and nitrogen from earth's atmosphere, various colors burst forth. The color of the lights depend on the individual atoms struck and at which altitude. The dance or shift, flow and movement of the lights is caused by the constant shift of magnetic and electrical forces reacting to each other.
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth in any land mass and has the highest concentration of salt in the world. It's called "dead" because living creatures and plants are unable to survive thanks to its high salinity and yet it provides all sorts of health properties to those who swim...er float in it.
There is an intense blue light that floods this famous cave in Capri, Italy. The brilliant blue color is caused by two tiny holes in the cave wall that are barely visible to those you look for it. If you place your hand underwater it will "glow" mysteriously thanks to the cave conditions and nature of the light.
Paria Canyon spans across Utah and Arizona and just happens to be one of the most unique hiking locations in the southwest. In addition to the amazing natural red sandstone structures, The Wave is an exceptional formation that tourists flock to, thanks to the red streaks and wave patterns.
Lake Retba aka Lac Rose is located in Senegal, just north of the Cap Vert peninsula. As you can tell by the photo and its name, the lake is completely pink! The shade is caused by the Dunaliella salina algae in the water which produces a red pigment that turns the waters a shade of rose. Like the Dead Sea, this lake is full of salt, so those who swim in it float easily.
Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 19,341 feet above sea level. It is also the highest mountain in Africa and although dormant, this stratovolcano could very well erupt again as the last major eruption occurred between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago.
The Eye of the Sahara aka Richat Structure is located in the Sahara desert of west-central Mauritania. It's an incredible structure consisting of volcanic rocks, lava flows and carbonatites. Scientists once thought the dome was created by an asteroid impact, but now they say it is a deeply eroded geologic dome. Regardless of the exact cause of this natural wonder, it is certainly an incredible sight to behold!
Guanabara Bay aka Harbor of Rio De Janeiro, is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is the largest bay int the world and is surrounded by the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain, Tijuca hills and Corcovado Peak.
Pamukkale, Turkey is home to the infamous travertine pools. At first glance these hot springs resemble liquid marble when in fact the formation is caused by the mineral composition of the water. There are 17 hot water springs in this area all ranging from 95 °F to 212 °F. According to history, Cleopatra came to bathe here!
Caño Cristales in Columbia is widely known as "The Liquid Rainbow" or The River of Five Colors" thanks to the incredible colors at the bottom of the river. This explosion of color occurs during a short period of time when the plant Macarenia clavigera turns red, joining the green and yellow sand and crystal clear blue waters.
Paricutín is one of the seven natural wonders in the world and is located in Michoacan, Mexico. It is the youngest volcano in America and the reason for being named a "wonder" - its birth was witnessed by a human.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system. It spans an area of over 344,000 kilometers and consists of 900 islands and over 2,900 individual reefs. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system. It spans an area of over 344,000 kilometers and consists of 900 islands and over 2,900 individual reefs.
Hundreds of jumbo marbles are scattered across the Koekohe beach in New Zealand. Are they dragon eggs? Some prehistoric fossil? They are almost completely spherical and believe it or not they were formed over time with concretion and erosion.
In the center of Lake General Carrera you will find the incredible Marble Caves with Marble Chapel and Marble Cathedral. It has been estimated that this massive block of marble weighs approximately 5 billion tons and has formed caves, tunnels and caverns thanks to 6,200 years of wave movement.
It is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and spans 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and has a depth of over 6,000 feet. The Grand Canyon has eroded and formed thanks to the Colorado River cutting its channels through layers of rock over the course of 17 million years.
The Yunnan Stone Forest in Shilin, Kunming China was known as the 'First Wonder of the World' and were discovered back during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.). Massive stones, caves span across 96,000 acres.
Osoyoos Lake gets its large spots in the summer months when the water evaporates leaving pools of minerals behind. The "Spotted Lake" is the most mineral-rich lake in the world and is said to have healing powers.
No that isn't a Photoshopped image! The amazing and colorful Rainbow Lake is the largest hot spring in the USA and the third largest in the world. Its vivid colors are caused by the combination of the mineral-rich water, the pigmented bacteria found in the lake and its temperature.
What makes the Bryce Canyon so spectacular? The geological structures called hoodoos that reach up to 200 feet high. They are created and formed by the lake bed sedimentary rocks, stream erosion and frost weathering.
It's over 180 million years old, is located in Guilin, Guangxi, China and is filled with stalagmites, stalactites and rock formations. The Reed Flute Cave's is a natural limestone cave with stunning multicolored lighting.
It has the highest tidal range in the world and has over 115 billion tons of water flowing in and out of it each and every day. The Bay of Fundy has the highest tidal range in the world and can be found between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
It doesn't matter how many times I visit Niagara Falls, this incredible waterfall never gets old. It's located between Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York. Over 168,000 cubic feat of water flow over the edge of the falls every minute!
Australia's most recognisable natural landmarks appears to change color during the course of the day with shades from terracotta to flaming red. It stands 1,142 feet high with most of its bulk underground (2,831 feet above sea level).