Top 7 most spectacular canyons in the world
Canyons are the wonders nature, the creation of which takes millions of years. The most famous canyon is considered to be the Grand Canyon; the deepest is Colca Canyon (4160 m), whereas the most green is Blyde River Canyon. We would like to introduce the most gorgeous canyons in the world.
1st place: The Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
One of the deepest canyons in the world. Since 1979 the Grand Canyon is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Every year the Grand Canyon attracts more than 4 million people.
2nd place: Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
Canyon got its name because of its brown-red walls, resembling the skin of an antelope.
The colors that you see in the photographs do not always correspond to what one can see it live. This is a strange place, where photos can look even more beautiful and mysterious than it is in real life.
Blue tones of deep shadows only appear on the photographs; it is likely the human brain filters out the blue color when you look at the canyon at dusk.
3rd place: Glen Canyon, Arizona, USA
Glen Canyon is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Americans. In 1956 people started the construction of the dam, which resulted in creating Lake Powell, the second largest reservoir in the United States.
The picturesque shoreline of the lake is dotted with capes and cliffs, as well as the towers above the surface of the steep wall made of red-orange sandstone.
All these formations are a part of an old magnificent landscape with majestic arches, caves, gorges, hills, gone under the water.
4th place: Blyde River Canyon, Mpubalanga, South Africa
Over millions of years the Blyde River made a canyon in red sandstone, which is now 26 km long. The depth of the canyon is about 1400 meters.
At the very beginning of the canyon whirlpools and waterfalls knocked holes in the sandstone cylinder, called "Potholes Bourke". They were named in honor of Tom Burke, a miner, who predicted that large gold deposits would be found in this area.
Huge round rock of sandstone with a conical «roof» is very similar in shape to the gigantic traditional African huts.
Rank 5: Colca Canyon, Peru
Canyon is located at the Andes mountain range, in the south of Peru. Colca River Valley has long been one of the most unexplored areas in Peru. There were legends told about this place and it was called the Valley of Wonders, the Lost Valley of the Incas and the Valley of Fire.
Today this place is known worldwide as the location of the deepest canyon in the world, the Colca Canyon. Colca is 2 times deeper than the Grand Canyon, but with less steep canyon slopes.
6th place: Waimea, Hawaii, USA
Waimea is a huge canyon in the west of the island of Kauai, which is one of the Hawaiian Islands. It was the result of an incredible rain and the flood that followed Waimea Canyon in Waialeale mount.
Waimea is the largest canyon in the entire Pacific area; it is often called the Grand Canyon in miniature.
7th place: Charyn canyon, Kazakhstan
Charyn Canyon is a natural monument, built of sedimentary rocks, which is about 12 million years old. Its height reaches up to 150-300 m.
The grove of relict species of ash that survived the era of glacier period is still preserved in the canyon.
Charyn Canyon is 154 km long and it stretches along the Charyn River in Kazakhstan. Canyon is located 195 km east of Almaty, near the border with China.