Some of the most incredible wonders in the world are completely natural and we have made a list of the top 6. These natural wonders will amaze you with their vastness and brilliance. Some of these you may have heard of, but others may surprise you.
Read on and you will discover some of the most astounding natural phenomena that this earth has to offer its inhabitants. From the tallest mountains to the biggest canyons, Mother Nature really knows how to put on a great show.
This beautiful volcanic island lies 81 miles (130 km) off the southern coast of Korea and is a popular holiday destination for South Koreans. With its lovely beaches, lush countryside and dormant volcano it has truly earned its name as the Hawaii of South Korea. Jeju Island is home to South Korea’s tallest mountain, Hallasan, a towering volcano that stands at 6,400 feet (1,950 m) above sea level.
Jeju Island was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 and is the only natural UNESCO site out of the 12 designated UNESCO sites in South Korea. With its extensive lava tube system, it truly is one of the top natural wonders of the world.
The Aurora Borealis is one of the most mysterious and enchanting natural phenomena on the planet and has captured the fascination of humans throughout history. The Northern Lights are a glittering, dancing, beautiful display of colors that appear in the skies in the northern latitudes of the earth. These lights are actually caused by charged particles from the sun striking atoms in the earth’s atmosphere.
The Aurora almost has a wave-like appearance to it, and even seems to be dancing in the sky. To experience these mystical lights you’ll need to take a trip up north to one the Scandinavian countries, Alaska, or Canada.
It’s truly impossible not to mention the Grand Canyon in a list of the world’s natural wonders. The Grand Canyon is truly incredible in both its depth (of approximately one mile) and its width (on average it’s 10 miles). The Canyon was slowly carved out by the Colorado River over a period of 6 million years.
The Grand Canyon is located in Arizona, USA and has been continuously inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years. In fact, the Pueblo natives used to make pilgrimages to the canyon as it was considered a holy site in their culture.
The highest mountain on the planet, Mount Everest, stands at 29,029 feet (8,848 m) and is located in the Himalayan mountain range, on the border of Nepal and Tibet. It gets its name from Sir George Everest, a British geographer who served as the Surveyor General of India in the year 1830. Interestingly, Sir Everest never even saw the mountain during his lifetime, but he did hire the guy who calculated its height.
The first successful recorded summit to the top of Mount Everest occurred in 1953 and was completed by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay, a pair of British climbers. On average, 70 people attempt to reach the top of this treacherous summit every year.
Ha Long Bay
Another amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site is Ha Long Bay. This natural wonder is located in the Quang Ninh Province of Vietnam. The bay’s name, Ha Long, translates to “descending dragon,” and is thought to come from the legends of the dragons that protected ancient Vietnam against invaders.
Ha Long Bay lies in the Gulf of Tonkin and sits amongst over 1,600 islands and islets. The multitude of small islands creates a stunning sea of limestone pillars, and it’s an exceptional scenic beauty to behold.
Puerto Princesa Underground River
The Puerto Princesa Underground River is a protected natural area in the Philippines. It was established as a national park in 1971 in order to keep the area’s old growth forests and pristine white sand beaches intact. The river, which is located 360 miles southwest of Manila, runs through one of the worlds most impressive cave systems.
The river winds through a 15-mile (24 km) long cave before it flows into the West Philippine Sea. In 2010 scientists discovered that the underground river has the second floor, giving rise to small waterfalls inside the cave.