What are the Seven Natural Wonders of the World?

Mount Everest

There are many different wonders of the world lists and no complete consensus but here is the most common list of the seven wonders of the natural world.

There are many large buildings, historic landmarks and natural phenomena that can be considered wonders of the world and there are definitely more than just seven. There are the seven wonders of the ancient world, seven wonders of the underwater world, the new seven wonders of the world and many more.

The Seven Natural Wonders of the World

With the seven wonders of the natural world there is no complete and definite list that is completely agreed upon and some even believe the list should be extended to include more natural wonders. However, the list below comprises the natural phenomena that guides such as SNW and Scienceray tend to consider the seven natural wonders of the world:

  1. Mount Everest – It is no surprise that the world’s highest mountain in Nepal is generally considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world. The peak is 29,029 ft above sea level and nearly 3,000 people have reached the summit, but Mount Everest has claimed over 200 climber’s lives.
  2. Victoria Falls – Many believe that Niagara Falls is the largest waterfall in the world but it is in fact Victoria Falls, which is located in southern Africa between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is actually neither the highest or widest waterfall in the world but with a combined height of 5,604 ft and width of 360ft it produces the largest sheet of water in the world.
  3. Aurora Borealis – Also known as the northern lights is the magnificent natural light display visible at night in particular polar regions. Producing an array of reds, greens, blues, yellows and pinks across the night sky in swirling motions it is an unforgettable sight. Aurora borealis is produced by photons in the Earth’s upper atmosphere but named after Aurora the Roman Goddess of Dawn.
  4. Grand Canyon – Sitting 277 miles long and 18 miles wide in the Southern US state of Arizona this weaving area of peaks and caverns has been home to Native Americans, a holy site of the Pueblo People, and today the Grand Canyon is one of the country’s most famous tourist attractions.
  5. Great Barrier Reef – Comprised of nearly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands the Great Barrier is the largest reef system in the world and sits in the Coral Sea off the North East coast of Australia. Stretching over an area of 133,000 square miles the Great Barrier Reef is visible from space and the largest structure made by a living organism.
  6. Harbour of Rio de Janeiro – Sitting in Rio the harbour is the largest bay in the world, given its volume of water, and is surrounded by mountains and the colourful city. One of the most famous sights in this area is the statue of Christ looking over the magnificent bay.
  7. Paricutin – A cinder cone volcano in the Michoacán state of Mexico that is 9,186 ft high. The volcano last erupted in 1952 but it is believed that the volcano is now dead and is highly unlikely to erupt again. The shape and height of the volcano has changed drastically throughout history and its eruptions have covered many nearby towns in lava.

Other Natural Wonders of the World

Although these are generally considered to be the seven natural wonders of the world there are some lists that include other natural phenomena. Angel Falls, the Dead Sea, Niagara Falls, Halong Bay and the Amazon Rainforest all appear on different natural wonders of the world lists, such as Wildjunket, showing that perhaps there are not just seven natural wonders of the world but many.