This article is about natural and constructed phenomena and structures of the world. For other uses of "Wonders of the World", see Wonders of the World (disambiguation). Various lists of the Wonders of the World have been compiled from antiquity to the present day, to catalogue the world's most spectacular natural wonders and manmade structures. The Wonders of the Ancient World is the first known list of the most remarkable creations of classical antiquity; it was based on guidebooks popular among Hellenic sightseers and only includes works located around the Mediterranean rim and in Mesopotamia.
The term Aurora Borealis is a Greek term which means 'dawn of the North.' This is a natural phenomenon that occurs in the north and south poles.
It is also known as Northern Lights in local language. The bright dancing lights of the Aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the Earth's atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the Northern and southern hemisphere. It is also known as Aurora Australis in the south. Auroral displays appear in many colors although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue and violet have also been witnessed.
Where to spot it?... As the phenomena occurs near the magnetic poles, Northern lights have been as far have been spotted in the New Orleans in the Western hemisphere, while similar locations in the east never experience the mysterious lights. However the best places to watch the lights in North America are in the north-western parts of Canada, particularly the Yukon, Nunavat, Northwest territories and Alaska. Auroral displays can also be seen over the southern tip of Greenland and Iceland, the North coast of Norway and over the coastal waters in the north of Serbia.
Christ the redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio De Janerio, Brazil. It was considered the largest art deco statue in the world from 1931 to 2010 when it was topped by Christ The King Statue in Poland. It is 30 meters tall and weighs approximately 635 tons.
The statue became one of the Seven Wonders of the World on July 7th 2007. In the evening, powerful spotlights illuminate the statue of Christ, making it glow and appear almost to levitate above the darkened peak.
Location!! The statue is visible from the entire city of Rio like a gigantic icon of the city. It is located at the peak of the 700m Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the entire city.
The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over a mile. A canyon is geographically described as a deep ravine between pairs of escarpments or cliffs and is often carved from the landscape by the erosive activity of a river over geologic timescales. For thousands of years, the area has been continuously inhabited by native Americans who built settlements within canyon and its many caves. The Grand Canyon is a big fissure in the Colorado Plateau. The Colorado River, which flows through the canyon, touches seven states, but the Grand Canyon National Park is within the Arizona state borders, while Arizona is known as the Grand Canyon state.
Location!! The Grand Canyon is the one that is carved by the Colorado River in the United States in the state of Arizona. It is managed by the Grand Canyon National Park. It is situated in the north-west corner of Arizona, close to the borders of Utah and Nevada.
It is the world's largest coral reef system, composed of over 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and as selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. CNN labeled it as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Queensland National Trust calls it the state island of Queensland.
Location!! The Great Barrier Reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in Australia. It stretches for over 2,300km over an area of approximately 3,44,400 square km.
The Mount Everest is the earth's highest mountain. Its peak is 8,848m above the sea level and it is the 5th furthest point from the centre of the earth. Its massifs include neighboring peaks Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7855m) and Changtse (7580m). Mount Everest attracts many highly experienced many highly experienced mountaineers as well as capable climbers willing to hire professional guides. On the standard route, Everest presents dangers such as altitude sickness, weather and wind as well. There are other significant dangers like avalanche and the khumbu icefall. While the overwhelming majority of climbers will use bottled oxygen in order to reach the top , some climbers have submitted Everest without supplemental oxygen.
Location!! Mt. Everest is situated on the border of Nepal, Tibet and China. It is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayan Range. There are two main climbing routes, one approaching the summit from the southeast in Nepal (standard route) and the other from the North in Tibet.
The Paracutin is a cinder cone volcano. The volcano is unique in the fact that its evolution from creation to extinction was witnessed, observed and studied. Three weeks before the actual eruption, rumbling noises that resembled thunder were heard by people near Paracutin village. These were actually deep earthquakes. The volcano began as fissure in a cornfield owned by a farmer. He and his wife witnessed the initial eruptions on the field. The volcano grew quickly, reaching 5 stories tall in just a week and it could be seen from far in a month. Much of the volcano growth occurred in its first year. The nearby villages were both buried in lava and ash; the residents re-located to vacant lands nearby.
Location!! The Paracutin is located in the Mexican state of Michoacan close to a lava covered village of the same name.
Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America's Niagara Falls. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer to have been the first European to view Victoria Falls on 16th November 1855 from what is now known as Livingstone Island. Livingstone named his discovery in the honor of Queen Victoria. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its width of 1708m and a height of 108m resulting in the world's largest sheet of falling water.
Location!! The might Victoria Falls is located at South Africa on the Zambezi River, at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1631, to be built in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, a Persian princess who died giving birth to their 14th child, Gauhara Begum. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. The imperial court documenting Shah Jahan's grief after the death of Mumtaz Mahal illustrate the love story held as the inspiration for Taj Mahal. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1643 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished about five years later.
The Taj Mahal meaning Crown of the Palace is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658), to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centrepiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre) complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall.
Construction of the mausoleum was essentially completed in 1643 but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees, which in 2015 would be approximately 52.8 billion rupees (US$827 million). The construction project employed some 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects led by the court architect to the emperor, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.