Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Seven Underwater Wonders of the World

The sea is like an enchantress which casts a spell and traps everything in its net. The miracles of Nature's creations are not only visible in the terrestrial but also in the aqua world. The marine world abounds in unique species which are still unknown to the Science. These wonders are either bodies of water, occur underwater, or are surrounded by water and consist of archipelagoes, coral reefs, sea vents, lakes and so on. People become fascinated by the flora and fauna and the diverse ecosystems of the deep sea.

But however these underwater wonders need to be protected as they are being continuously under threats of perishing. All these seven underwater marvels of nature are of supreme importance because of their natural beauty, exclusive marine life, scientific research value and environmental significance.

The list of seven underwater wonders of the world include:

-The Belize Barrier Reef
-The Galapagos Islands
-The Northern Red Sea
-Lake Baikal
-The Great Barrier Reef
-The Deep Sea Vents

Palau: The Republic of Palau is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, located some 500 km east of the Philippines. This beautiful coral reef contains about 700 coral species and about 1,500 species of fish.

Belize Barrier Reef: It is the second largest barrier reef in the world and is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere nearly 260km long which is also known as a diver's paradise.

Galapagos Islands: The Galapagos Archipelago is a cluster of some 13 volcanic islands and associated islets and rocks located just under the equator, about 600 miles west of Ecuador in South America.

Northern Red Sea: The Northern Red sea surrounded by the world's largest expanses of sand is also known as the underground Garden of Eden .

Lake Baikal: Lake Baikal is the deepest, oldest and also the largest freshwater lake world. A World Heritage Site, it lies in Southern Siberia in Russia and is also known as the Blue Eye of Siberia.

Great Barrier Reef: The Great Barrier Reef, located in the Coral Sea, is the world's largest coral reef system, composed of roughly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands, that stretch for 2,600 km in north-east Australia.

Deep Sea Vents: On the East Pacific Rise, nearly 8000 feet below the surface, was a strange alien landscape littered with what looked like chimneys expelling clouds of black smoke and these resulted out of Hydrothermal vents.

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