The problem with the “7 wonders of the world” is that only 7 can make the list. Therefore, the term “the eighth wonder of the world” has been used to describe things that should have made the main list, but haven’t.
In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at eight natural wonders of the world that have been dubbed as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.
Eight natural wonders of the world
1. Torres del Paine National Park
The Torres del Paine National Park is a national park in the southern Patagonia region in the south of Chile in South America. It consists of mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers.
It covers a total area of about 181,414 hectares (448,280 acres) and it’s one of the most popular parks in Chile with over 250,000 people visiting it every year.
2. Deadvlei Clay Pan
The Deadvlei Clay Pan is a clay pan located in the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia in southern Africa. Deadvlei literally translates to “dead marsh.” It’s often erroneously translated to “dead valley” but vlei in Afrikaans means “lake” or marsh.”
Deadvlei is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world, reaching up to 400 meters (1,312 feet) tall. The Deadvlei was formed by heavy rain which formed temporary shallow pools as the Tsauchab River flooded.
3. Natural Bridge
The Natural Bridge is a geological formation located in Rockbridge County in Virginia, United States. The formation was carved into the limestone terrain by the Cedar Creek, a tributary of the James River.
The natural arch has a height of 215 feet (66 meters) and a total span of 90 feet (27 meters).
4. Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is a group of 3 waterfalls located on the border of Canada and the United States. The largest of the 3, the “Horseshoe” is located in Canada and the other 2 named the “American Falls” and “Bridal Veil Falls” are located in the United States.
The Niagara falls are part of the Niagara River and drain Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. They have a total height of 51 meters (167 feet).
5. Giant’s Causeway
The Giant’s Causeway is an area that consists of over 40,000 basalt columns, rock formations that were formed by an ancient volcanic fissure eruption.
This area is located on the north coast of Northern Ireland in County Antrim, about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) northeast of the town of Bushmills. It was named the 4th natural wonder of the United Kingdom.
6. The great wildebeest migration
The Great Wildebeest Migration is a natural event that takes place in the Maasai Mara in Kenya and in the Serengeti in Tanzania.
These animals living in these areas have a timed migration every single year which coincides with the yearly rainfall and grass growing season. Wildebeest have something called “swarm intelligence” in which the group is able to think like one.
7. Gros Morne National Park
The Gros Morne National Park is located on the west coast of Newfoundland in Canada and consists of an area of about 1,805 square kilometers (697 square miles).
The park derived its name from the second-highest peak in Newfoundland called the “Gros Morne,” which translates from French to “Great Sombre” as it’s a large mountain standing alone.
8. Burney Falls
Burney Falls is a waterfall on the Burney Creek which is located in the McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, in Shasta County, California.
The water from the waterfalls comes from underground springs and produce huge amounts of water. Even during the hot summer months, the waterfalls have a constant flow rate of about 379 million litres per day!
9. Milford Sound
Milford Sound is a huge fjord in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s located in the Fiordland National Park and the Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the “Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.”
The fjord has been credited with being one of the top tourist destinations in the world and is undoubtedly the most popular tourist destination in New Zeland.
10. Pink and White Terraces
The Pink and White Terraces were the largest silica sinter deposits on earth and were believed to have been destroyed by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera in the North Island of New Zealand.
They have reportedly been rediscovered in 2011 and are located about 50 to 60 meters (160 to 200 feet) below the newly formed lake surface.
This concludes the list of 10 of the so-called “eight natural wonders of the world,” things so amazing that they might as well have been included in the official list of 7 natural wonders of the world!