I’ve just seen that people across the globe are being asked to vote for the New Seven Wonders of Nature. It seems like people have been trying to decide on a ‘new seven wonders of the world’ ever since most of the ancient ones crumbled to dust, but this focus on natural wonders – produced by the earth alone, without human influence – is very appealing.
And who knows, by asking the world’s population to democratically vote, we might finally reach some kind of agreement!
Some of the finalists like the USA’s Grand Canyon and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef may be a little obvious, but that’s no reason they shouldn’t still be celebrated as some of the world’s most incredible natural sites.
On the other hand, it was interesting to learn about geological features that, for some reason, just hadn’t come across my radar before – namely Paricutin, a volcano in Mexico that was classed as a natural wonder because its explosive ‘birth’ in 1952 was actually witnessed by humans. That must have been a holiday to remember…
The only one of these recognised ‘natural wonders’ I’ve seen first-hand is the beautiful Aurora Borealis – if anything truly deserves the title of ‘wonder,’ it’s the amazing Northern Lights. These can be best seen in the arctic islands of Canada, including Alaska, and are something you really have to experience if you’re ever exploring the country. Apparently, your best chance of seeing them is between March to April and September to October – just don’t expect your photos to do justice to the dancing lights.
It seems that the big 7 are constantly changing and rearranging as the votes come in, but the Seven Wonders website still displays all the eligible runners up assorted by country. Just like when your favourite band releases a ‘Greatest Hits’ album, there’s guaranteed to be a few of your personal favourites that didn’t make the list – how could Niagara Falls not be up there?
Petty grievances aside, what better reason for a break than to visit some of the most awe-inspiring natural sites on Earth? I certainly have some catching up to do…