Little-known heritage sites

In 1972 UNESCO adopted the Convention concerning the protection of world cultural and natural heritage. Today in the world heritage List – 1007 objects. Many of them are known all over the world. However, there are objects about which you possibly have not even heard of. But their story is no less interesting.


1. The škocjan caves, Slovenia. A system of underground tunnels and halls spread over almost 6 kilometers. Caves formed by the waters of the river with the unpretentious name of the River. In Skocjanske caves is Europe's largest grotto, a width of 120 meters and a length of 300 metres.

2. 40 km long Ilulissat icefjord is filled with icebergs that slide from the glacier with a width of 5 km Cermak-Kujalleq. Drifting blocks of ice differ in a variety of shapes and sizes. Moving icebergs emit unusual sounds that could be heard for several kilometers. The sun icebergs shimmer different shades of blue and white, creating the incredible beauty of the surreal scene.

3. The mountain reserve area of 1300 sq km is located in the North of the Japanese island of Honshu. In its territory grow the maple, cedar and pine forests, as well as the only in East Asia, a considerable array of primeval beech forests. 169,7 sq. km. area declared as world heritage monument UNESCO.

4. Group of lakes in North-Eastern Chad includes 18 interconnected lakes with a total area of approximately 20 sq km and Researchers have suggested that lakes are remnants of larger lakes that existed in the "wet" era Sahara, which ended about 5500 years ago.

5. In Alaska, on the border of Canada and the United States, is a system of parks. On this territory there are glaciers, the largest concentration of ice outside the polar zones and the high and massive mountains of Canada.

6. Socotra, Yemen. Archipelago in the Indian ocean, consisting of four Islands and two rocks, is one of the most isolated archipelago in the world continental origin.

7. Reunion, France. Island belonging to France, located in the Indian ocean, 800 km off the East coast of Madagascar. On the area of 2500 square km. are located virgin forests, picturesque lagoons, tropical vegetation and the active volcano Piton de La Fournaise.

8. Those Wahipounamu. District in the South-West coast of the South island of New Zealand includes four national parks. In the region are some of the modern representatives of the original flora and fauna of the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana that existed 750-530 million years ago.

9. The Ningaloo, Australia. Coral reef in the Indian ocean off the Northwest coast of Australia stretches for 300 km. It is the only large reef located so close from the coast, at the distance only 100 meters to 7 km.

10. Aldabra, Seychelles. This is the second in the world after the Atoll of Christmas Island. Its length is 34 km and width of 14.5 km and inhabits a unique population of giant tortoises.

11. Jiuzhaigou, China. Natural reserve in the North of Sichuan province is composed of three valleys. The place is widely known for cascading waterfalls, scenic lakes and nesting rare species of flora and fauna. published



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