Our planet is full of interesting places to visit. From the biggest cities to the highest mountains, deepest valleys and the biggest rivers, the earth is home to a whole treasure chest of stunning places that we hardly know of! And though the wonders like the Taj Mahal, the leaning Tower of Pisa and the Eiffel Tower are always on top of our travel check lists, have we given the natural wonders around the world a thought? If not, here are 15 such natural wonders that we think are not only worth your time, but will make your jaw drop!Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2021 LIVE Updates, Day 12: Men's Hockey Team, Tajinderpal Singh Toor, Sonam
1. Lonar Lake
Lonar Lake is not only the biggest, but the only hyper velocity impact crater of basaltic rock in India and around the world. This crater was formed close to 52,000 years ago when a 2 million ton heavy meteor hit earth. The meteor was traveling with a speed of 90,000 kmph. This one-of-a-kind lake is one of Maharashtra’s hidden treasures. Also Read - Olympics Hockey: India Women Seek Golden End to Fairy Tale
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2. Yoho National Park
Home to 21 lakes, the Yoho National Park is one of the most serene national parks in Canada. What makes the Yoho National Park so special, is the fact that it is also home to two waterfalls. One of Canada’s heritage rivers, the Kicking Horse River, originates here and it is also home to six peaks between the range of 2500 m and 3500 m. Two of the tallest peaks in the Yoho National Park are named The President and The Vice President.
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3. St Mary’s Island
Did you know that at some point, close to 80 million years ago, a part of India was connected to Africa? Well it’s true and the St Mary’s Island eventually got separated and in due course of time due to various volcanic eruptions, this island in Karnataka went on to become the only found columnar basaltic lava found in India!
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4. Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders. Located in Arizona, USA, the Grand Canyon is also home to the River Colorado. The oldest rocks are as old as 200 million years old and the newest of them are approximately 1.7 million years old.
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5. Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls are located primarily in Zimbabwe and Zambia and are formed because of the Zambezi river. The Victoria Falls are accountable for the largest quantity of water falling on earth. That being said, neither are the falls the tallest nor the biggest. However, the Victoria Falls make for the biggest curtain of uninterrupted flow of water. Apart from these two countries, the Zambezi river flows through four other countries, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, and Mozambique.
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6. Thor’s Well
The Thor’s Well is located in the USA in Oregon and is one of the most unique wells in the world. It’s as interesting as a combination of a well, the ocean, a fountain and a suction pump can get. Don’t know what that means? Watch the video below and you’ll known exactly what we mean!
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7. Hamilton Pool Preserve
The Hamilton Pool Preserve was once a private property owned by a German family that purchased it to rear cattle. On chancing upon this underground pool, they realized how unsafe it was to let their cattle graze here. They opened it for people to come and enjoy nature’s bounty. Eventually, it became a heritage site that has since been preserved by authorities.
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8. Jellyfish Pool
The first thing that comes to mind when you hear jellyfish is to get away from them and save yourself from getting stung by them. Considering a swim with jellyfish is more than far fetched in the deep seas, but at Palau’s Jellyfish Pool, it is extremely safe. Over the years, these Jellyfish have lost the ability to sting, making it extremely fun to swim with them!
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9. Mount Everest
The tallest and most desired mountain in the world doesn’t need an introduction, does it? The Mount Everest offers the most breath taking views and is one of the toughest mountains to scale in the world. It was only when the Indian subcontinent clashed with Asia, that the mountain was slowly formed over a span of 400 years.
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10. The Wave
The Wave is one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world and looks nothing less than an expert’s brush strokes on a canvas. The Wave is located on the border of Arizona and Utah in the USA. In order to preserve the Wave and avoid it from falling prey to human abuse, only 20 permits for a visit to the Wave are given out on a daily basis.
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11. Ha Long Bay
The Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World heritage Site which is home to not 10 or 20, but a whole of 1600 islands and islets. It is believed that when the Vietnamese were protecting their nation from invaders, they prayed to their gods who sent dragons to the rescue. On the approach to the invaders, the dragons spat out jewels that fell in the ocean and formed islands. This is what caused the invaders to turn around and leave.
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12. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River
This underground river flows through a cave formed over the years. It is home to over 200 species of birds, various species of bats and other living organisms. In fact, the cave is also home to a variety of stalactites and stalagmites which offer a beautiful scenic view for people who want to visit the area!
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13. Iguazu Falls
There is an extremely interesting legend behind the creation of the Iguazu waterfalls. it is believed that a god once fell in love with a girl and wanted to marry her, however, the girl loved another man. In order to escape the god, she and her partner eloped on a small boat on the Iguazu river. Enraged, the god split the earth so that at the end of the journey the two would fall off the river. The waterfalls can be visited from Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina in South America.
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Goreme is an ancient town in Turkey which was formed as a result of a volcanic eruption. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been improvised on by the aboriginals over the centuries using nature to their benefit to make it home and work space. Most of these places are now a part of an open air museum that is worth a visit.
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15. Great Barrier Reef
If you thought that some whales or sharks formed the biggest oceanic living beings, then we’re glad to break it to you that the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is indeed the biggest living being on this planet! It covers a whole of 23,000 km off the coast of the Australian island.
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