World wonders for 2018

By Stef Zisovska
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Wonders are food for our soul and our imagination. As humans, we are privileged to have complex emotions. We are the only living beings on Earth that can stargaze the entire night and admire the view above us, or get inspired by a marvelous sunset. We need wonders to nourish our inner health and grow our spirit. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Lighthouse of Alexandria, among the others, were considered as wonders for the past generations, but it seems like their glory is fading away.

Like any natural cycle, everything comes to an end, so our generation has new wonders to admire.

La Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia

Gaudi’s masterpiece in Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia cathedral, is one of the most beautiful architectural wonders of our time. His nature-inspired designs maybe seem weird and abstract to you at first sight, but when you start to understand all the symbols implemented in the structure, you will want to stare at it for hours and never want to leave the site. His idea of biomimicry that completely changed our lives and is used in everything from plane to mobile phone designs is sending us a message of how we can use the natural world as an inspiration to create grandeur works of art that will serve countless future generations.

The Great Wildebeest Migration, Kenya/Tanzania

Migrating wildebeests – Author: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen – CC BY-SA 3.0

The second world wonder of our time is the great wildebeest migration across the Serengeti when 1.5 million animals make the 1,000-mile round trip every year. The herds go on a green-grass quest, so when they find fresh food, they spread for miles, and they’re surrounded by dust clouds that look awe-inspiring from a distance. The massive migration is vital for the survival of the herds. Also, in the entire process, the soil gets fertilized and the predators get their more-than-necessary proteins, so the ecosystem never collapses.

Aurora Borealis, Arctic Circle

Northern Lights

The most spectacular sky event in the whole world in the Northern Lights phenomena known as Aurora Borealis. Seeing the Arctic lights is one of the most mesmerizing wonders that scientists can explain simply, but we still see them as a happening from some other world. In the Chinese mythology, the Northern Lights were interpreted as fire-breathing dragons, while in the Nordic countries there was a belief that the lights were Valkyries who save the fallen soldiers.

What actually is Aurora Borealis? An interaction between the sunlight with gasses from the atmosphere. However, the Northern Lights are awesome, and we love them!

The Amazon Rainforest, South America

Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest is the most complex and the most important ecosystem on our planet. One-fifth of the world’s fresh water is found in the Amazon Rainforest, as well as 10 percent of all existing species on Earth. Also, 20 percent of the oxygen on the planet is produced by the trees in the Amazon. Although we know more about the Milky Way than about the canopy labyrinth in the rainforest, this doesn’t change the fact that the Amazon is one of the greatest wonders on our planet.

Bristlecone Pines, California, USA

Bristlecone pine forest Janine sprout – Author: Janine Sprout – CC BY-SA 4.0

Bristlecone Pines are the oldest living organisms on the planet, some of them more than 5,000 years old. The Bristlecone Pines can change the entire history according to some scientists, who were exploring the amounts of carbon in these old trees. The secrets revealed from inside the trees are connected to the theory that the world is much older than we thought. In the end, we shouldn’t be surprised by nature, but accept its signs and learn from it. If you would like to visit one of the world’s wonders for 2108, do it this summer. Good luck!

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