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What are the seven natural wonders of the world?

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The Seven Natural Wonders of the World include Mount Everest, the Grand Canyon, Northern Lights, the Harbor at Rio de Janeiro and the Great Barrier Reef. Rounding out the seven natural wonders are Paricutin Volcano and Victoria Falls. The list has been debated throughout the years, but as of 2015, these are the most commonly accepted natural wonders.

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Located in Nepal, the peak atop Mount Everest is the highest in the world. Two men reached this point on May 29, 1953, long after both the North and South Poles had been reached. As of 2015, climbing Mount Everest is still a favorite goal of thrill seekers and mountain climbers alike.

The Grand Canyon, located in Arizona, is more than a mile deep with bends, twists and layers of landscape present from top to bottom. It is known as one of the most spectacular gorges in the world. Trails and overlooks surround every side of the canyon with plateaus of rock and designated viewing areas. Visitors can take guided tours through parts of the canyon, and some areas offer rides on horseback or donkey.

The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, most often shine above Iceland but sometimes are also visible above Alaska, Russia, Canada and New England states such as Maine and the cape of Massachusetts. The lights shine in shades of red, blue, green, and purple and spread for miles across the sky, with atmospheric conditions causing them to appear to "dance" and move. The folklore of the Northern Lights stems from Norse mythology claiming that the Valkyries would ride their horses across the sky, and their helmets, armor and spears would shimmer and glow through the darkness.

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