Aug 3, 2009
Whether you believe in God, the Big Bang theory, or some other idea you cannot deny the fact that the world in which we live in is mind-blowingly overwhelming. We live upon a canvas of picturesque beauty and admirable wonders; an exhibition of ancient artwork and glamorous spectacles. Raging waterfalls crashing down onto rocks, snow-capped majestic mountains standing tall and proud and even a morning sunrise that casts it’s heart-warming rays upon the landscape. Of course, to experience these fully it would be best to get some hands-on experience, but for those of you who don’t fancy taking a trip into Brazil to see the Iguassu falls or waking up at the crack of dawn to catch a fleeting glimpse of the morning sun, here is a breakdown of just ten amazing natural wonders to blow your mind:
The Northern Lights
The Great Barrier Reef
This marvellous happening of beauty is also often called “Aurora Borealis” named after the Roman Goddess of dawn (Aurora) and the Greek word for the north wind (Boreas). This spectacle can only be viewed in the North Sky of the Northern Hemisphere, most often during March through to April and September through to October. Often appearing as a green glow (although sometimes faint red) a lot of people wish to see this “piece of art in the sky”.
Admired among many, off the coast of north-east Australia in the Coral Sea lays this behemoth of vibrantly coloured fish and a forest of extraordinary reef. This is the world’s largest reef that stretches out over an area of 344,400 square kilometres which is home to a wide range of tropical fish, built by billions of organisms. People often scuba dive off of boats just to look upon this beautiful piece of sea landscape.
A Simple Sunrise
Most people believe that you must travel far and wide to experience the full splendours of this Earth but in actual fact they can be found anywhere. Most people can take solace in waking up early, sitting on a nearby hill and watching the morning sun rise behind the landscape with it’s shine blaring across the skies, puncturing the clouds and blasting it’s way across the land. Sunrises look very effective on lakes and beaches.
Lost in the mountainside, this remote secret village was discovered a hundred years ago by an American Historian named Hiram Bingham and only recently it was made one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built with brick (and with some excellent places to climb on) this town is now populated by Llamas and tourists who flock to Peru just to witness and be a part of this unique culture. Machu Picchu was constructed around 1460 at the height of the Inca empire but it was abandoned 100 years later until urban tourists can and invaded this natural landscape.
A very meaningful natural wonder. A single smile can lift someone’s mood and bring out the best in people. If you’re feeling down and blue, a quick smile can help to cheer you up, especially if it’s from a friend or someone who you care about a lot. Isn’t it amazing? How a little effort can do so much; sure, it might not be something that you remember for the rest of your life, but it shows compassion and care and can make you feel special.
‘The [Creator] scratched his nose again. “You soon run out of ideas for snowflakes, for example.”’ – Eric by Terry Pratchett.
That’s the thing about snowflakes; they’re so intricate and unique. A sparkling miniscule sculpture of pure intricacy and beauty. Never will you see two that are exactly the same as they glide elegantly down from the winter sky. True beauty can be found right outside your doorstep.
Niagara Falls has nothing on this. Iguassu (Commonly spelt “Iguazu or “Iguaçu”) Falls are situated on the border between Brazil and Argentina, where the frothy waters fall over the edge of the rocky landscape in this forest filled area. Legend says that a God was planning on marrying a beautiful aborigine by the name of Naipi, but she fled with her lover Tarobá in a canoe. In a fit of rage the God sliced the river to create the waterfalls and consequently condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon, a steep-sided gorge that was carved by the Colorado River in the state of Arizona. The canyon is 277 miles long, ranging in width from 4 and 18 miles and has stood for 17 million years. Native Americans built settlements within the canyon and its many caves and the “Pueblo” people considered it to be a holy site, making pilgrimages to it. The first European (known) to have viewed it was García López de Cárdenas from Spain.
A Rainbow actually has no physical form, but is a very attractive visual illusion created by our eye viewing the light being bent through raindrops, and it most commonly seen when it is rainy and sunny, or near waterfalls. Also, because it has no physical shape there is no end to it, and therefore, no pot of the gold at the end. Just thought I’d clear that up. Whenever a rainbow is in the sky, people often point it out, and appreciate it’s beauty as it shows the entire spectrum of white light from red to violet.
The Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest is located in the Amazon Basin of South America (the area is also known as Amazonia) and is a moist broadleaf forest that takes up 5.5 million square kilometres and spread out throughout nine different nations. This rainforest is so big that it represents over half of the planet’s remaining tropical rainforest in the entire world, and so beautifulwith it’s luscious green leaves and it’s wild habitat.