The Earth is a beautiful creation, full of wonders that have inspired us throughout history. Tall snow-covered mountains with green valleys, huge waterfalls, scenic islands, and wonderful animals are a sight to behold. Learning from nature, we humans have also built some things which we can gaze at with awe. In this list, we are going to see a mixture of human’s and nature’s 10 biggest things in the world. Let’s dive right in.
Biggest Things In The World
1. Biggest Tree (Giant Sequoia Tree)
Sequoia is the largest tree existing in nature, its scientific name is “Sequoiadendron giganteum”. These trees basically belong to the “Cupressaceae” family and order of “Pinales”. As most of its neighbouring trees are also large, it can be quite tough to truly appreciate the real size of a single giant sequoia. The largest giant sequoias are believed to be as tall as a twenty-six-story building, and as wide as a town’s street. A sad fact however about this species is that they are listed as an endangered species by “The International Union for Conservation of Nature” (IUCN). The president that comes from the sequoia family is one of the oldest trees in the world.
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2. Biggest Salt Flats (Uyuni Salt Flat)
Also known as Salt pans, Salt Flats is located in South America in an area stretching over ten thousand square kilometres (3,900 sq mi). Salar de Uyuni is part of the Altiplano of Bolivia which is the largest plateau in South America. It is surrounded by mountains that form the crests of the Andes. The name “salar” is actually a Spanish word that means ‘salt flat’. Uyuni comes from the Aymara language, and it means a ‘pen’. The fauna native to this place includes – James’s flamingo, Culpeo, Bolivian Vizcacha and many more species.
3. Biggest Cave (Hang Son Doong)
Son Doong cave is considered a part of the biggest network of caves in the world. It was discovered only a decade ago near the Laos-Vietnam Border. A fun fact about this cave is that Mr Ho Khanh only accidentally found this cave. So, in his honour, the cave’s entrance is named Hang Son Doong. The story behind the accident is that Mr Khanh was going to find the timber and food in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park but he found this cave.
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4. Biggest Mall (Dubai Mall)
Talking about lavish luxury, the first place that comes to mind is Dubai. The Dubai mall is considered the biggest mall in the world by the number of visitors. This mall is located around the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Each year approximately 50 million people visit this mall which also gives a boost to the country’s economy. Talking about the mega things here, apart from the tallest building, this mall has the largest aquarium as well as the largest underwater zoo in the world.
5. Biggest Animal On Land (Elephant)
Elephants are the second biggest mammal in the world after the Whale family. There are mainly two types of elephants, first the African and second is the Asian elephants. Despite its size, it is one of the heaviest animals and they are a very friendly and harmless type of creature. Both the elephant species that exist are herbivores in nature and one of the popular grassland animals in the world. In some countries like India and Thailand elephants are revered and are a big part of their culture. Elephants generally live in herds and are often an attraction for tourists on a safari trip. It is also listed as one of the longest living animals in the world.
6. Biggest Fruit (Jackfruit)
Jackfruits are tropical fruit and are said to be the largest among the fruits. The world’s bulkiest jackfruit weighed around 42 kilograms. To be precise, the Artocarpus heterophyllus category of jackfruit is the biggest fruit in the world and is also sometimes called a superfood because of its nutritional value. Of course, being tropical, Jackfruits mainly grow in countries near the equator like India, Thailand, Brazil, and other tropical countries.
7. Biggest Animal (Blue whale)
The Blue whale is the biggest animal on the entire planet. Its size is more than 100 feet, and its weight goes as high as 190 tonnes! You can try putting this in perspective from the fact that just its tongue weighs as much as an adult elephant! Whales are bisexual organisms, and the female blue whale gives birth to babies once every two to three years depending on her body conditions. A popular fact about whales is that they are pretty good listeners and can hear frequencies ranging from 8 Hz to 25 Hz. This also helps them to use eco-location to travel or to catch prey.
8. Biggest Swimming Pool (Citystars Sharm El Sheikh)
The largest swimming pool in the world is Citystars Sharm EI Sheikh in Egypt. Being so enormous, it is a very popular place among vacationers. The area of the pool is around 97000 sq. meters (about 1 million sq ft). The pool located in a resort in the desert of the Sinai Peninsula gives the feel of a beach with the amenities of a resort.
9. Highest Mountain (Mount Everest)
Rising to a height of nearly around 9000 meters, Mount Everest is the highest mountain on this planet. It is located in the Himalayan Mountain Range which divides the Indian Subcontinent from the rest of Asia. Mount Everest is also the ambition that almost every mountain climber wants to conquer. Thousands of climbers visit Everest every year which however also leads to many accidents.
Climbing such a mountain however is no small feat, many get caught in the avalanches and landfalls. The first recorded human beings to reach the peak of this mountain were Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay from the Nepal side; and Wang Fuzhou, Gonpo and Qu Yinhua were the first Chinese mountaineering team to climb the mountain from the Northern (Chinese) side.
10. Biggest Waterfall (Niagara Falls)
If you have ever been to the Niagara George Canyons, you must have visited the beautiful Niagara Falls. It is the biggest waterfall in the whole world and is also known as Canadian falls. A group of three waterfalls, Niagara Falls, is believed to have formed around 1200 years ago towards the end of the Ice Age. Among the three constituting falls, the first one is Horseshoe Falls, the second one is American falls and the third is Bridal Veil Falls.
The mist cloud present in Niagara Falls go approximately 160 to 170 feet high and create a scenic view that makes Niagara Falls a great tourist attraction. Not only does it act as a tourist magnet, but it also benefits the people in other ways like providing water for irrigation and producing electricity.
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