The Seven Underwater Wonders of the World

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Anoted marine explorer named Jacques Yves Cousteau wrote: "It is all strange, unearthly, and yet familiar. Strange because the sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonders forever."

Diving is becoming a much ore popular sport as humans become more fascinated with e diverse ecosystems of the deep. Coral reefs, like many of hese underwater wonders, are structures built by living org isms. Second only to tropical rain forests in biodiversity, c ral reefs provide homes for thousands of species. Unfortun tely, they are at risk all around the world.

To promote awareness o! the fragile marine ecosystem, an organization dedicated to CEDAM International conservation, education, diving, and marine research began the Seven Wonders of the World project in 1989. The message was simple: If underwater wonders are not protected, they will be lost forever. After considering sites around the world, CEDAM chose Palau, the Belize Barrier Reef, the Galapagos Islands, the Northern Red Sea, Lake Baikal, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Deep Sea Vents. Each was selected on the basis of its natural beauty, unique marine life, scientific research value, environmental significance, and whether it is representative of an overall area.

By focusing on these seven sites, CEDAM hopes to promote the protection of all underwater wonders. "We are the first generation to explore the wonders of the undenwater world, " says George Page, host of the public television series Nature. "Let's hope we are not the last. "

1. Palau


Palau (Palauan Belau), republic, W Pacific Ocean, comprises more than 300 islands, islets, and atolls of the Caroline group. Major islands include Koror, the current seat of government, and Babelthuap, the future capital. Area of the republic, 487 sq km. Of the total population, ethnic Palauans make up about 83%, minority groups include Filipinos and Chinese. The Palau is one of the seven underwater wonders of the world and one of the seven wonders of the world.


2. The Belize Barrier Reef


The second largest barrier reef in the world rises from the seafloor off the coast of Belize. A diver's paradise, it is known for fascinating coral formations, myriad fish and invertebrates, and exceptional water clarity. The Belize Barrier Reef is one of the seven underwater wonders of the world and one of the seven wonders of the world.


3. The Galapagos Islands


Galapagos Islands or Colon Archipelago, group of islands, Ecuador, in the Pacific Ocean, constituting a province of thebcountry, about 965 km (about 600 mi) off the W coast. The archipelago consists of six larger and numerous smaller islands lying on or near the equator. The principal islands are Isabela, San Cristobal, Fernandina, San Salvador, Santa Maria, and Santa Cruz. The total land area is 8010 square kilometers. The Galapagos Islands is one of the seven underwater wonders of the world and one of the seven wonders of the world.


4. The Northern Red Sea


The Red Sea is a salt water inlet of the Indian Ocean Africa and Asia. The connection to the ocean is in the south through the Bab el Mandeb sound and the Gulf of Aden. In the north are the Sinai Peninsula, the Gulf of Aqaba, and the Gulf of Suez. The Northern Red Sea is one of the seven underwater wonders of the world and one of the seven wonders of the world.


5. Lake Baikal


Lake Baikal is in Southern Siberia in Russia, located between Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast, near the city of Irkutsk. It is also known as the "Blue Eye of Siberia". It contains more water than all the North American Great Lakes combined. The Lake Baikal is one of the seven underwater wonders of the world and one of the seven wonders of the world.


6. The Great Barrier Reef


Great Barrier Reef looks almost like a wall of perpendicular rock rising out of the sea m only it is not rock; it is coral. The Great Barrier Reef lies underwater and has snared many ships, including Captain Cook's in 1770. Though being one of the world's longest natural wonders, it unfortunately is also the most fragile around. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven underwater wonders of the world and one of the seven wonders of the world.


7. The Deep Sea Vents


Deep-sea vents are also known as deepwater seeps, deep sea springs, hydro thermal vents and black smokers. Found at ocean floor, they are formed by volcanic and tectonic activity in areas where huge hostile plates are unite or spread apart. Magma erupts along the margins of these plates, usually slowly, but sometimes with such ferocity that it creates instant lava lakes. The Deep Sea Vents is one of the seven underwater wonders of the world and one of the seven wonders of the world.

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