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Blowholes in Hawaii

29 January 2020

Spouting Horn, Kauai
Spouting Horn, Kauai./ Markus Jöbstl, Flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0

Many tourists admire the fascinating and… dangerous Halona Blowhole and Nakalele Blowhole. But there are several more of these natural wonders in Hawaii. Article lists 15 such locations.

Blowholes in Australia

24 January 2020

Bicheno Blowhole
Bicheno Blowhole./ Tasmanian.Kris, Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Article lists 22 locations with blowholes in Australia. Is the famous Kiama Blowhole the largest or tallest in Australia? No, by far not!

Lava lakes of the world

20 October 2019

Lava lakes of the world in 2019
Lava lakes of the world in 2019 / Wondermondo / public domain

The number of lava lakes in the world changes. Thus, over 2018-2018 disappeared three lava lakes which existed for decades.

As a result, in October 2019 we have seven existing lava lakes on Earth. Three more existed for a longer time in the recent past. Besides this, since the year 2000 short-lived lava lakes and lava ponds existed in 11 more places. Wondermondo has listed them all in this article.

Geysers of Iceland

5 October 2019

Geysers of Iceland on the map
Geysers of Iceland on the map / Wondermondo / public domain

Some of the world’s most popular geysers are located in Iceland. But few know about ALL active geysers in Iceland.

This article lists all the known active geysers in Iceland – some 20 – 29 of them. Here are listed also some 38 other places where geysers have existed in the past or features, which are similar to geysers but are not genuine geysers.

10 finds of unique blue gemstones

21 June 2019

The blue amber from the Dominican Republic
The blue amber from the Dominican Republic / Vassil, / public domain

There are places on our planet where unusual, gorgeous blue gemstones can be found. Wondermondo proudly presents a list of 10 such finds around the world.

Wondermondo has to admit: this list has been rounded to a nice, traditional number of ten. Are there any other unique finds of blue gemstones? Yes: definitely… see them as well!

Top 10 waterfalls of the world

13 January 2019

Top 10 waterfalls of the world
Top 10 waterfalls of the world / Wondermondo / public domain

Lists like this are subjective – the magnificence and attractiveness of waterfalls cannot be measured and each can have his own criteria. After years long studies and selection through several thousands of waterfalls Wondermondo has selected the top 10 waterfalls of the world.

Top 10 most beautiful churches of Italy

30 December 2018

Interior of Siena Cathedral
Interior of Siena Cathedral / Steve Jurvetson, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

This article lists the greatest churches of Italy. In this country are hundreds of very interesting cathedrals and other churches – with unusual and beautiful architecture, with great works of art and with an exciting history which sometimes is 2 thousand years long. Nevertheless, ten churches are just outstanding and, at least in Wondermondo’s view, stand above all others in Italy.

40 unique natural wonders of the world

14 December 2018

Cave of the Crystals, Mexico
Cave of the Crystals / Alexander Van Driessche, Wikimedia Commons / free for use

This article is a kind of wonder by itself: after meticulous work of several years here has been collected a list of absolutely unique places, where nature has outdone itself and created something unique, just in one example. Well, sometimes in a few examples – but, nevertheless!

Top 10 waterfalls of Hawaiian Islands

14 September 2016

Lower part of Hiilawe Falls in Waipio Valley, Hawaii
Lower part of Hiilawe Falls in Waipio Valley / Paul Hirst, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.5

Hawaiian archipelago is a group of beautiful and scenically impressive islands with many waterfalls. In fact the word "many" here is not exactly in place: there are few places in the world with THAT many waterfalls as Hawaiian islands and some of these falls belong to world’s tallest ones.

The article contains a list of 10 greatest waterfalls in Hawaiian Islands, all with images.

Top 10 locations with unusual meteorological phenomena

4 September 2015 (update)

Hessdalen lights in February 2015. Two moving lights seen - one in the sky (this is not Moon) and one over the forest.
Hessdalen lights in February 2015. Two moving lights seen – one in the sky (this is not Moon) and one over the forest. / Jesper Brodersen, screen capture from Youtube video.

There are rare locations in the world, where one can experience unique, highly unusual phenomena related to meteorology.

This article contains a list of 10 such locations. Some of these phenomena have been explained, but some have no explanation.

Top 10 stoutest tree species in the world

July 23, 2014

Árbol del Tule, another aspect of trunk which shows that the trunk has elongated form
Árbol del Tule, another aspect of trunk which shows that the trunk has elongated form / cezzie901, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

This article represents a unique collection of the 10 stoutest trees (species) on our planet. List starts with the stoutest one but also the last one is natural monument of global importance, with such a size which is hard to grasp.

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Top 10 tallest tree species in the world

29 June 2014 (update)

Sir Vim, Tasmania
Sir Vim / Nicolás Boullosa, Flickr. CC BY 2.0

Current list of the 10 tallest trees in the world is the best which can be made, basing on the currently available data.

Wondermondo though believes: if people would know everything about Earth, this list would look different – most likely with more species of trees from tropics represented. Nevertheless – appreciate the giant trees of this, current list!

Top 10 most impressive impact craters of the world

18 February 2013

Meteor Crater from the south
Meteor Crater, view from the rim / Graeme Churchard, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Earth is constantly bombed from the space: every 6 – 30 minutes a smaller meteorite falls on Earth. We don’t see and know wast majority of these cases because Earth is… very sparsely populated!

This is a list of 10 visually most impressive impact craters on Earth. Oh man, they ARE impressive!

List of confirmed impact craters of the world

17 February 2013

Pingualuit crater, Canada
Pingualuit crater / NASA, Wikimedia Commons, public domain

This helpful list includes all scientifically confirmed impact craters on Earth by October 2014: 191 impact structures.

Top 10 waterfalls of Guyana

7 April 2012

Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
Kaieteur Falls, Guyana / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0

In the eastern Venezuela, Guyana and very north of Brazil are located numerous spectacular waterfalls, including the tallest waterfall in the world – Angel Falls. There is no other place in the world similar to this spectacular realm of waterfalls.

Article describes the lesser known giant waterfalls of Guyana, focusing on 10 most impressive ones.

Waterfalls of Guyana – the list

7 April 2012

Oshi Falls, Guyana
Oshi Falls / © P.Greaves, May 2014, published with kind permission.

The article provides information about some 70 impressive waterfalls of Guyana.

Top 10 most amazing ancient rock cut structures in India

9 October 2011

Kailasanatha, India
Kailasanatha / , Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

The historical rock cut architecture of India is of unprecedented richness and variety. Several of Indian rock cut structures belong to the most amazing achievements of ancient cultures worldwide. The list includes 10 such most surprising and impressive structures in India.

Tallest tree species in the world (height above 80 m)

20 December 2010

Doerner Fir, Oregon
Doerner Fir, Oregon / US Bureau of Land Management, public domain

This is constantly updated article which lists all the known species of the trees with known height above 80 m.

10 locations with extreme meteorological conditions

21 November 2010

Storm at Mawson Hut, Antarctica
Storm at Mawson Hut / Frank Hurley, 1911-1914, State Library of New South Wales.

Extreme weather conditions happen in different places of the world but there are very few places on Earth where extreme weather conditions are present frequently or even all the time.

Article lists 10 such locations.

Stoutest tree species in the world (circumference above 14 m)

3 September 2010

Kamou no Ohkusu - the largest camphor tree in Japan
Kamou no Ohkusu – the largest camphor tree in Japan / Masahiko Ohkubo, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

No one knows all the stoutest (well, largest?) trees in the world. But Wondermondo knows more than others do! This article lists all the known tree species in the world with trunk circumference above 14 meters – and there are more than 50 such species.

10 most impressive sinkholes of the world

18 August 2010

Great Blue Hole, Belize
Great Blue Hole / Eric Pheterson, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

The giant sinkholes of Earth belong to the most impressive natural landmarks.

Wondermondo offers a unique list of 10 most impressive sinkholes of the world – deepest, most capacious and most unusual ones.

Geysers of Africa

8 July 2010

Lake Bogoria, geyser and flamingos
Lake Bogoria, geyser and flamingos / , Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

It is possible that this is the only article devoted to geysers of Africa. We know geysers in USA, Iceland, new Zealand, but there exist geysers in Africa. Here are listed ALL of them.

Top 12 Moloka’i waterfalls

9 June 2010

Waipoo Falls in Kauai
Waipoo Falls in Kauai / Garden State Hiker, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Volcanoes, rain and ocean in the north-eastern part of the beautiful Hawaiian island of Moloka’i have created one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Here have formed some of world’s most impressive waterfalls. Article lists 12 most impressive ones.

Ancient and medieval Indian cave paintings – Internet encyclopedia

4 June 2010

Scene of Samava-sarvana, Sittanavasal
Scene of Samava-sarvana, Sittanavasal / Yorck Project, public domain

This small Internet encyclopedia reviews a fascinating kind of the rich Indian cultural heritage – cave art of India created over the last 2,300 years – since the beginning of historical period. This includes unique monuments of the early medieval painting, a rarity anywhere in the world.

Top 10 locations of California poppy meadows and fields

28 February 2010

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Even a single flower of California poppy (Eschscholzia californica Cham.) emits fragile and exquisite beauty but there are locations where one can see millions of these beautiful flowers close together. Article lists 10 best places to see this beauty.

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