The Dead Sea, the Great Bar­ri­er Reef, the Grand Canyon, Ulu­ru, Iguazu Falls and 23 oth­er nat­ur­al won­ders of nature — try to pick just sev­en of them! Is there any point in dis­cussing or eval­u­at­ing the supe­ri­or­i­ty of one mir­a­cle over anoth­er? How­ev­er, a list of sev­en new won­ders of nature has been announced, no mat­ter how objec­tive­ly we eval­u­ate it. Every­one who wished to take part in the vot­ing could choose a cer­tain place by vot­ing for it on the web­site or via SMS. So, we present to your atten­tion a selec­tion of nat­ur­al won­ders that are hard not to call mag­nif­i­cent and breath­tak­ing. On the pages of Life­Globe you will find sto­ries about each of these places, as well as many oth­er inter­est­ing cor­ners of our amaz­ing plan­et. Share your impres­sions, as well as write about oth­er places that should be includ­ed in this rat­ing.

wonders of nature

We have already writ­ten about 7 ancient won­ders of the world, as well as about 7 new won­ders of the world. Here we will focus on the mirac­u­lous cre­ations of nature.

1. Amazon River

Cov­er­ing sev­en mil­lion square kilo­me­ters and spread across nine coun­tries, the Ama­zon Basin is home to some of the most amaz­ing and most unusu­al rain­for­est species on Earth. Over 500 mam­mals, 175 lizards, over 300 oth­er rep­tile species, one-third of the world’s birds, and approx­i­mate­ly 30 mil­lion insect species com­pete for sur­vival in the Ama­zon jun­gle. The lifeblood of the rain­for­est, the Ama­zon Riv­er is the largest riv­er in the world. At full flow, it exceeds the ten deep­est rivers in the entire world com­bined. The cur­rents of the Ama­zon car­ry approx­i­mate­ly 105 bil­lion liters of water into the Atlantic every minute. There is not a sin­gle bridge cross­ing this mighty riv­er — a real mir­a­cle of nature, the main water artery of the plan­et.

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wonders of nature

2. Halong Bay

Count­less tourists flock to Viet­nam with the sole pur­pose of vis­it­ing the amaz­ing Ha Long Bay. Approx­i­mate­ly 1,900 islands, most­ly unin­hab­it­ed and untouched by human pres­ence, occu­py approx­i­mate­ly 1,553 square kilo­me­ters of land with stun­ning sea views. Huge caves and numer­ous lakes found in some of the islands are anoth­er fac­tor that makes Ha Long Bay one of the most beau­ti­ful places in the world. Numer­ous float­ing vil­lages of fish­er­men against the back­ground of majes­tic rocks, these land­scapes will remain in the heart for­ev­er. Such won­ders of nature are def­i­nite­ly worth a vis­it.

3. Iguazu Falls

No words can describe the majesty and beau­ty of the 275 water­falls that make up Iguazu. Locat­ed on the bor­der between the Brazil­ian state of Parana and the Argen­tinean Misiones, Iguazu Falls stretch­es over 2,700 meters and is sur­round­ed by two nation­al parks with rare species of wildlife. Two view­ing paths are avail­able to tourists. Choose the low­er one lead­ing to the base of the falls, or the upper one with amaz­ing panoram­ic views — both options will leave you in com­plete awe.

4. Jeju Island — Korean Pearl

There are nat­ur­al won­ders in Korea too. Locat­ed near the south­ern tip of South Korea, Jeju Island is the per­fect get­away for those keen on hik­ing, watch­ing sun­sets against the ocean, horse­back rid­ing, or just relax­ing on the sandy beach­es. Although tourism to Jeju is on the rise, the island man­ages to main­tain its heav­en­ly tran­quil­i­ty and many places are kept intact. Jeju’s cen­tral attrac­tion is Hal­lasan, the tallest moun­tain in South Korea and a dor­mant vol­cano that ris­es 1,950 meters above sea lev­el. The pearl of Korea Jeju is a real mir­a­cle.

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5. Komodo National Park

Orig­i­nal­ly cre­at­ed to con­serve the native Komo­do drag­on, the Nation­al Park in Indone­sia now pro­tects the bio­di­ver­si­ty of the three larg­er islands Komo­do, Rin­ka and Padar, as well as numer­ous small­er vol­canic islets. Rocky slopes, lush veg­e­ta­tion, white-sand beach­es and blue waters with coral reefs all add to the serene tran­quil­i­ty of the Nation­al Park. The pres­ence of giant aggres­sive lizards, how­ev­er, gives the park a cer­tain vibe of edgi­ness and thrill.


6 Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puer­to Prince­sa flows through a cave about 50 km north of the city of the same name in the Philip­pines. A clear, invit­ing lagoon sur­round­ed by ancient trees will lead you to an amaz­ing under­ground riv­er. On a tour of the 8.2‑kilometer nav­i­ga­ble riv­er, tourists enter a dark, omi­nous king­dom of over­whelm­ing silence and gigan­tic karst for­ma­tions. Formed over hun­dreds of years, impos­ing sta­lag­mites and sta­lac­tites often resem­ble real objects and crea­tures. Pri­or to the dis­cov­ery in 2007 of an under­ground riv­er in the Yucatan Penin­su­la, Puer­to Prince­sa was con­sid­ered the longest under­ground water­way in the world. It was prob­a­bly includ­ed in the list of nat­ur­al won­ders because of the unusu­al land­scapes and mys­te­ri­ous atmos­phere.

7. Cape Town Table Mountain

Table Moun­tain is a South African sym­bol and the most rec­og­niz­able land­mark of Cape Town. The peaked, flat-topped moun­tain reach­ing 1,086 meters above sea lev­el is the result of six mil­lion years of ero­sion. The hall­mark of a unique ecosys­tem is the rich­est and at the same time the small­est flower king­dom in the world, which includes 250 dif­fer­ent vari­eties of daisies. The moun­tain is vis­i­ble from any­where in Cape Town, and from the top you can see the incred­i­ble beach­es of Cape Town. The cable car ride to the top is an unfor­get­table expe­ri­ence that will for­ev­er be remem­bered as one of the best mem­o­ries in life. Read more about table moun­tains in a sep­a­rate selec­tion on Life­Globe.

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Nat­ur­al won­ders from this list undoubt­ed­ly deserve atten­tion, but this does not mean that the list is final. New vot­ing and com­pe­ti­tions will be held annu­al­ly, where the nom­i­nees may turn out to be com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent. We will con­tin­ue to tell you about the most beau­ti­ful places on the plan­et.