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You've heard of the Grand Canyon, but what about these natural wonders?
Posted on 10/12/2018

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The Grand Canyon has made quite a name for itself, but did you know it's neither the largest nor the deepest of its kind?

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  • Takachiho Gorge, Japan
    Takachiho Gorge, Japan

    Located in southern Japan east of Kumamoto, this narrow passage is lined on both sides by almost-symmetrical natural rock columns that look like they could be man-made. The Minainotaki waterfall plunging down from 56 feet high into the Gokase River is also a huge draw for tourists. The canyon can be experienced via a trail running along its rim, or by boat, which gives visitors an up-close of the incredible natural architecture.

  • Fjadrargljufur, Iceland
    Fjadrargljufur, Iceland

    Due to its location close to a ring road, it's easy to miss. But at over 300 feet deep and one mile long, this modest green gem near Kirkjubęjarklaustur in southeast Iceland is sight you don't want to skip. The Fjašrį river runs through this gorgeous sight, and it's the perfect place to enjoy the sounds of the bubbling water and Iceland's pristine natural beauty.

  • Canyon de Chelly, United States
    Canyon de Chelly, United States

    People have been living in this canyon for almost 5,000 years, making it the longest continuously inhabited place on the Colorado Plateau. Now it's part of the Navajo Nation and is jointly managed by the Navajo government and the park administration. While it may not be as stunning as the region's other natural sights, the history and culture of this area help make it such a beautiful sight.

  • Gorge of Da'an River, Taichung, Taiwan
    Gorge of Da'an River, Taichung, Taiwan

    In 1999, an earthquake swept through this region, creating a large gorge now called the Da'an River Grand Canyon. It now has one of the fastest rates of erosion ever recorded, as the gorge is being washed away at the upstream side at 56 feet per year. Chances are that this gorge will be gone within 50 years.

  • Bryce Canyon, United States
    Bryce Canyon, United States

    These bizarre formations called hoodoos can be found in all corners of the Earth, but Bryce Canyon in Utah is home to the world's largest collection of these weird rocky shapes. Although not technically a canyon, this collection of natural amphitheatres has earned the title in name due to its dramatic dips and dives.

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Everyone's heard of the Grand Canyon, but what about lesser unsung rocky gems? Here are some of the world's most underrated canyons, ravines and gorges that are waiting to be explored.

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