The 7 natural wonders of the world
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- 1. The seven natural wonders of the world are the highest, largest, and most beautiful sights to occur on Earth. On the next few pages well travel around the world and see what makes these seven marvels so wondrous.
2. What makes it so special? Its the worlds largest coral reef system it stretches over 133,000 square miles and is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs. The Great Barrier Reef is the worlds biggest structure made by living organisms, and can be seen from outer space. 18.2861 S, 147.7000 E Coral Sea, off the Coast of Queensland, Australia 3. What makes it so special? The Grand Canyon is the largest canyon in the world 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and over a mile deep. The canyon displays over 2 billion years of the Earths history within its walls; it was formed by the erosion caused by the Colorado River, starting over 17 million years ago. 3606N, 11206W Arizona, United States, North America 4. What makes it so special? It is the worlds largest bay, and also has the largest volume of water with over 49 million cubic gallons the surface covers 238 square miles. Within the harbor there are 130 islands, and the perimeter has over 50 miles of beaches a truly spectacular sight to see. 2345'S, 4445'W Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America 5. What makes it so special? Everest is Earths highest mountain; its peak is over 29,000 feet above sea level. It is the 5th furthest point from the center of the Earth. Most people need to supplement their oxygen when trekking the mountain's higher elevations. 275917N 865531E Solukhumbu District, Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal, Asia Tingri County, Shigatse Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, Asia 6. What makes it so special? The evolution of the volcano from creation to extinction was witnessed and studied. It first began in 1943 and went extinct in 1952. Within the first year the volcano grew 1,102 feet. It is also the youngest volcano that exists in the Trans-Mexican Belt and North America. 192934.8N 102153.6W Michoacn, Mexico, North America 7. What makes it so special? Aurora is a natural display of light caused by the collision of solar wind and magnetospheric charged particles in a high altitude atmosphere. Auroras are also known as the Northern or Southern Lights, in relation to its hemisphere. Auroras are different colors depending on the altitude at the high end of the spectrum is red and at the low is blue and purple green is most commonly seen. Seen best near the Arctic and Antarctic regions 8. What makes it so special? It is the worlds largest waterfall over 5,500 feet wide and 350 feet tall, it represents the largest sheet of falling water. The Zambezi Rivers mean annual flow rate over the falls is 38,430 cubic feet per second that is a lot of water! 175528S 255124E Livingstone, Zambia, Africa Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe, Africa 9. For over half a century, Scenic Airlines has been setting the standard in aerial sightseeing tours. They were the first company to offer an air tour over the Grand Canyon. Today, over 300,000 people a year will fly with Scenic its no wonder their name has become synonymous with the Grand Canyon. For more information, please call (800) 634-6801 or visit http://www.scenic.com/.