|The Greeks and Romans devised lists of the wonders of the world in order to educate the populous as to the most memorable sites that must be visited in one's lifetime. The list was comprised of seven ancient wonders and these included the Pyramids of Egypt, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. |
Since this list was drawn out, modern explorers and adventurers have defined natural wonders as well as a modern wonders list. The seven natural wonders are Mount Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border, Victoria Falls on the Rhodesia-Zambia border, Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, Great Barrier Reef of Australia, the world's largest coral formation, several caves in France and Spain with their prehistoric paintings, Par�cutin, a young volcano in Mexico and the harbour at Rio de Janeiro.
Other natural wonders include: the sequoia trees of California, Rainbow Natural Bridge of Utah, the Yellowstone Falls in Yellowstone National Park, Crater Lake and Wizard Island in Oregon and the Carlsbad Caverns of New Mexico. The modern-day list of wonders includes some incredible feats of engineering such as the Suez Canal, the Dneproges Dam on the Dnepr River in Russia, the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell in England, the Alaska (or Alcan) Highway, connecting Alaska with Canada and with other United States highways, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York City.