Natural wonders are formed by the elements in the natural world over time. Natural wonders can be found in different countries throughout the world. The following is a list of the 10 lesser known natural wonders of the world.
1. Tsingy de Bemaraha Madagascar
Tsingy de Bemaraha Madagascar is a forest made from limestone needles in Madagascar. The limestone formations are called Tsingy by the local people. The erosion of the limestone are both vertical and horizontal.
2. Belize Barrier Reef
Belize Barrier Reef is a series of coral reefs off the Belize coast. It is about 300 m long. It is the world’s second largest coral reef system. Ninety percent of the species in the Belize Barrier Reef are not yet researched by scientists. Belize Barrier Reef is home to more than 100 hard and soft coral species and 500 fish species.
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3. The Gates of Hell
The Gates of Hell is a crater in the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan. The 328 feet wide crater has been burning for more than 40 years. The glow of the crater can be seen from many miles away. The hole was crated by a Soviet drilling rig that accidentally punched a hole into a natural gas cavern. It started to leak poisonous fume. To mitigate the disaster, the Soviet set a fire on the hole and it has not stop burning from that time onwards.
4. Blue Lagoon in Iceland
The blue lagoon is a geothermal lagoon with a temperature range in between 37–39 °C (98–102 °F). The mineral water in the lagoon is believed to have the ability to treat skin disorders. Bathers are required to enter the water in nude. The land of the lagoon is natural. However, the water is a runoff of the nearby geothermal plant. It is truly an amazing spectacle to see!
Wai-o-Tapu in New Zealand is full of thermal springs. You will find the Champagne Pool in Wai-o-Tapu. It also has other lagoons bubbling mud pool, volcano craters and steam that rise from ground. Wai-o-Tapu is situated in the site of an eroded mud volcano that was active until 1925.
6. Wu Ling Yuan
Wu Ling Yuan has over 3,000 quartzite sandstone pillars. Many of the stone pillars are above 200 m in height. There are 40 caves in Wu Ling Yuan. There are also many ravines, gorges, waterfalls, and natural bridges. It used to be an ancient sea floor.
7. Grand Prismatic Spring
Grand Prismatic Spring is situated in Midway Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. It is called a prismatic spring because the colors of the springs are the same as the rainbow colors when it disperse from light including red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. The Grand Prismatic Spring has a 300 feet diameter. The colors of the spring are derived from the bacteria that live in the mineral water.
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8. Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon is one of the deepest canyon in the Arequipa region in Peru. Colca Canyon has a depth of 4,160 m. There are many pre-inca stepped terraces used for food cultivation. There are also many spas in the canyon such as the La Calera natural hot springs.
9. El Yunque National Forest
El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rainforest in the National Forest System in the United States. The forest is home to 240 tree species, 50 orchid species, mosses, and vines. It is also a habitat for many species of animals including frogs, spiders, ants, beetles and termites. The higher peaks receives up to 240 inches of rain. The forest receives over 100 billion gallons of rain every year.
10. Namib Desert
Namib Desert is the world’s oldest desert. It has been in semi arid condition for about 55 millions years. It receives about 10 mm of rain every year. The sand dunes in Namib Desert are one of the tallest sand dunes in the world. The sand dunes can reach up to 300m in height. The temperature range is in between 0° – 50°C.
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