The Quick 10: 10 Eighth Wonders of the World

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There are lots of contenders for the title of Eighth Wonder of the World, including King Kong, Andre the Giant and "Jim Nabors' heavenly singing voice," according to Mr. C. Montgomery Burns from The Simpsons. Today's Quick 10 is a list (in no particular order) of both man-made and natural wonders often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World.

10 Eighth Wonders of the World

1. The Grand Canyon, the United States. 277 miles long, the Grand Canyon was created by the flow of the Colorado River over a span of about 17 million years (give or take).
2. Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Angkot Wat is a temple built in the 12th century for King Suryavarman II.
3. The Moai Statues, Easter Island, Chile. Although they're often called the Easter Island Heads, the statues are actually full torsos - the figures are kneeling. Some of the standing moai have become buried up to their necks because of shifting soil. So far, 887 stone statues have been inventoried.
4. The Banaue Rice Terraces, the Philippines.

The Banaue Rice Terraces are more than 2,000 years old and are thought to have been carved into the mountains mostly by hand.
5. Milford Sound, New Zealand. Milford Sound is a fjord located southwest of New Zealand's South Island and was first given the "Eighth Wonder" nickname by writer Rudyard Kipling.
6. The Terracotta Army, China. With an estimated 10,000 lifesize figures (with no two alike) the Terracotta Army discovered in China in 1974 are certainly impressive.
7. Machu Picchu, Peru. This pre-Columbian Inca site has already surpassed the Eighth Wonder of the World moniker - it was announced as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
8. Pink and White Terraces, New Zealand.
terracesSadly, these were destroyed when Mount Tarawera erupted in 1886. Prior to that, though, the Pink and White Terraces were a wonder to behold - geothermally heated water containing large amounts of calcium bicarbonate ran down the mountain and created layers of travertine and limestone that formed terraces enclosing pools of water.
9. Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress - seriously ancient. Dating back to the late 400s, it's amazing that the fortress and its many frescoes have endured so well.
10. The Great Wall of China, China. I'm guessing you're familiar with the Great Wall. Like Machu Picchu, the Great Wall has been declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

May 23, 2008 - 10:36am
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