Natural Wonders of the World
Cascade Mts.-British Columbia
America -North America
is a continent of contrasts--from
the lofty peaks of the Cascade Mountain
range to the watery paradise of Florida's
Everglades. Get up close and personal
with giant glaciers, polar bears and
wooly bison; hike through the wilds
of Yellowstone Park; journey deep
into caves rich with stalagmites and
stalactites; and experience the beauty
of sun-kissed deserts.
America -South America's
natural forces can be witnessed in
countless forms--you'll find them
cascading over the Devil's Throat
of the Iguazu Falls, flooding Llanos
grasslands, pitting pirahanas in flooded
forest treetops, ornamenting the snowy
peaks of volanoes and freezing walls
of ice in the deep Patagonian south.
and the Middle East-
From the birth of the mystical land
of the midnight sun, to the everlasting
healing waters of the Dead Sea, Europe
and the Middle East span many countries
and ages. The unique natural histories
contained in their midst also charter
the torturous and celebrated relationships
that have marked Man's interactions
from above, Africa's reach is remarkable.
The sands of the Sahara Desert blanket
the north, interrupted only by the
blue seam of the Nile. Rising in Africa's
east, the Great Rift Valley scars
the land. Western shores are frayed
by the haunted shipwrecks of Skeleton
Coast; and to the south, savannas
host a safari of animals. Africa's
central axis, the Congo Basin, is
a network of swamps and emerald forests.
The dual power of nature is demonstrated
through the elements at play in Asia.
Fire-spewing volcanoes raise new lands
from their summits.Ocean-worlds house
water-kingdoms. Finally earth-bound
and sky-stretching mountains--figures
of inspiration, claimants of lives--rimind
us of both the compatibility and fragility
of the human condition against such
potentially terrifying forces.
Carnarvon Nat. Park-Queensland
Australia is as plentiful and varied
as the seas enclosing it--vibrant
reef-worlds teeming with marine life,
and scorched outbacks. The Great Barrier
Reef stretches to Papua New Guinea,
while New Zealand's Tongariro volcano
towers above waves of rugged hills.
Waters spread as far as Hawaii's Mount
Waialeale, all the while weaving through
Oceania's full school of islands.
Regions-An icy wilderness
where the frozen fingertips of polar
icecaps feel their way across stretches
of land and water, the Arctic and
Antarctic form the polar regions of
our globe. Giant icebergs calved from
the frosty cliffs of huge ice sheets
turn the seas into icy soups; and
polar bears negotiate the floating
ice floes in search of food.