Eight New Natural Wonders of the World have been added to the Heritage List. These eight new sites are dubbed the best the world has to offer. Read about these eight new wonders and see the photos and video below.

Face it, the world is full of wonders if only we let ourselves see them over the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Now, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named eight new World Heritage Sites. These eight new sites bring the total number of ‘Wonders of the World‘ on the World Heritage List to 878. These are viewed to be aspects of our world that are “of outstanding value to humanity”.

Eight New Natural Wonders of the World Sites

The second largest coral reef in the world, the Lagoons of New Caledonia are located in the French South Pacific possessions. These Lagoons are home to many different species. Even though much of the reefs are relatively new, some are from ancient periods.

Surtsey is a new island that was formed from volcanic activity over a period of years in the 1960s. One of the eruptions lasted 3.5 years. The island formed just south of Iceland. It is home to many new life forms.

A large area of wetlands, Saryarka steppe and lakes of Norther Kazakhstan. It is a migratory crossroad for birds from Africa, Europe and South Asia to their breeding places in Western and Eastern Siberia. It also hosts flora, bird species and animals that have been threatened by poaching.

The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.

The Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona in Switzerland are an interesting and spectacular example of the formation of mountains through the collision of tectonic plates. The seven peaks that are exposed three-dimensionally have provided study for geologists for decades.

The Yemeni Socotra Archipelago is one of the most isolated continental landforms on earth. The set of three small islands did not have a volcanic origin but separated from the larger land mass millions of years ago. A combination of its climate and isolation have made it one of bio-diverse areas in the Arabian sea.

The Joggins Fossil Cliffs are located in Nova Scotia, Canada. Its is one of the most palaeontologically rich sites in the world.

Mount Sanqingshan National Park in China is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Eight New Natural Wonders of the World – Video