THE LATEST WONDER OF THE WORLDThe Seven Wonders of the World have gotten a lot of attention over the years. Stories have been written and told about them time and time again, and thousands of people have planned vacations around visiting them. But did you know there are different groups of "wonders"? It all depends on whether you are referring to the ancient wonders or modern wonders. Even the modern ones have the potential to be "threatened" by *new* wonders.
Historically, the "7 Wonders" of the ancient world are listed as:
- Great Pyramid of Giza
- Hanging Gardens of Babylon
- Statue of Zeus at Olympia
- Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
- Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
- Colossus of Rhodes
- Lighthouse of Alexandria
- Chichén Itza, Mexico
- Christ the Redeemer Statue, Brazil
- Colosseum, Italy
- Taj Mahal, India
- Great Wall of China
- Petra, Jordan
- Machu Picchu, Peru
Like I said above, however, even the modern ones are being challenged.
See? Yet another set of "7 Wonders" if you include the Channel Tunnel. (grins)
But the tunnel very well could be considered a wonder when you look at what it took to make it a reality. Six years to build at a cost of $17 billion. Everything and everybody goes by train. Up to 400 of them pass through the tunnel each day, carrying an average of 50,000 passengers, 6,000 cars, 180 coaches and 54,000 tonnes of freight on the 35-minute journey.
It's a far cry from the proposals in 1802 of French engineer Albert Mathieu, the first person to suggest a tunnel between the two countries. His plans included an artificial island halfway across, so horses pulling the wagons through could be changed. Later proposals for a tunnel came from Napoleon III in 1856, and the English prime ministers William Gladstone in 1865 and David Lloyd George in 1919.
All of them would have been astonished by the engineering technology employed in the modern-day project. The average depth of the tunnel is 50 meters below the seabed, and the lowest point 75 meters below. To accomplish the task, 11 boring machines were used, each as long as two football pitches. They weighed a total of 12,000 tons, which is more than the Eiffel Tower.
So, what do you think? "Modern wonder" or not?
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN:
* Have you ever visited one of the "wonders of the world"? Where and when?
* Is there a wonder you would *like* to visit? Which one?
* What is 1 fascinating fact about today's post which caught your eye today?
Leave answers to these questions or any comments on the post below. Come back on the 9th of June for my next appearance.
Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood, when she was accused of having a very active imagination and cited with talking entirely too much. Today, she has honed those childhood skills to become an author and speaker who has partnered with Nerium International in the anti-aging, health & wellness, and personal development industry, helping others become their best from the inside out.
She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have one girl and one boy, and a Retriever mix named Roxie. She has sold twenty (21) books so far and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.