The Grand Canyon is one of the most well known US national parks and one of the most visited attractions in the country. It holds a huge amount of history and information about the Earth, and at miles long and, on average, 10 miles wide, it's one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Up until , scientists thought the Grand Canyon — which has rocks as old as 1. But in December , researchers published a study that said the canyon could have begun forming as far back as 70 million years ago. A study concluded that different parts of the canyon are different ages: Researchers said some parts of the canyon near its middle are 15 million to 25 million years old and another part is 50 million to 70 million years old. But the Grand Canyon as we know it today likely isn't that old.
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Scientists aren't sure how old it is.
It is surprising, however, that even with so much to admire, people continue to limit their lists of wonders to single digits. Back in , the New7Wonders Foundation decided to reboot the Seven Wonders concept so that the places on the list were actually still standing, organizing a global poll to determine what the new wonders would be. One of the most impressive water bodies on Earth, the Amazon is the longest river in South America at over 4, miles and has the largest drainage system on the planet, discharging roughly 7,, cubic feet per second. Jeju Island is a volcanic island and province of South Korea that sits to the south of the peninsula between South Korea and Japan. Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam is a popular tourist destination thanks to its gorgeous limestone karsts and floating fishing village. The landscape formed by its 1,, islands and islets, most of them uninhabited, is just spectacular. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is located on the Philippine Island of Palawan and leads into a cave that you can take boat tours through.
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Various lists of the Wonders of the World have been compiled from antiquity to the present day, to catalogue the world's most spectacular natural wonders and manmade structures. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is the first known list of the most remarkable creations of classical antiquity ; it was based on guidebooks popular among Hellenic sightseers and only includes works located around the Mediterranean rim and in Mesopotamia. The number seven was chosen because the Greeks believed it represented perfection and plenty, and because it was the number of the five planets known anciently, plus the sun and moon. The historian Herodotus — c.