• Ines Han

National Parks Around The World

Spring is here, sunshine is here, and hiking season is here! It's time to get out and go explore the beauty of nature wherever you find yourself in the world. Go for a swim or just get a nice tan because, in today's virtual world, it's a beautiful change to bask in the outdoors. Get some physical exercise and learn about the cultures and attractions the world has to offer. Here are some national parks to inspire you to get that travel bug itching

United States of America Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most famous national parks in the world, which is well known for its immense size as well as its intricate and colourful landscape. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, with an area of 1920 square miles covering 277 miles long and 18 miles wide at its widest point. People from all over the world come to Grand Canyon National Park for its exceptional natural beauty including lava flows, deserts, waterfalls, streams, forests, and one of America’s great whitewater rivers. Surprisingly, there are about 1,000 caves in the canyon, but only 30% of those caves have been explored and just one cave is open to the public. Furthermore, the Grand Canyon is full of fossils of ancient marine animals that existed 1.2 billion years ago (but none of them are dinosaur fossils).

Turkey Göreme National Park

Göreme National Park is well known for its volcanic landscapes; diverse pillars, mushrooms and cones, rock towers, and its unique hoodoo rock formations are the highlights of the park. Consolidated volcanic ash that was overspread by lava from three volcanoes nearby provided a hard protective cap that formatted those unique landscapes. Interesting fact: due to the seclusion and remoteness of Göreme and its geological aspects that allow for underground dwellings, it has been a place of sanctuary for the refugees throughout battles and political unrest. Some areas developed into large subterranean cities due to people from different villages united together to resist invading forces and seek refuge in underground communities.

Tanzania Serengeti National Park

We can’t forget one of the most famous national parks! Serengeti National Park is well known for its unique ecosystem and the annual migration of diverse animals including over 1.5 million wildebeests, 250,000 zebras, 4000 lions, 1000 leopards, 550 cheetahs, and 500 bird species. The park is divided into three regions. Serengeti Plains is where treeless grassland lies, Western Corridor is a region covered by black clay soil, and Northern Serengeti is the place dominated by open woodlands. Moreover, Serengeti National Park is still home to several indigenous tribes such as Maasai, a symbol of Tanzanian and Kenyan culture.

China Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Zhangjiajie National Park is in China’s Hunan Province which was the inspiration for the ‘floating peaks’ in the movie Avatar. It is the first authorized national forest park in China with an area of 48.1 square kilometres, which is part of the much larger 397.5 square kilometres of Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is formed with dense forests, deep ravines and canyons, unique peaks, caves, and pillar-like rock formations. The most remarkable geographic features of the park are its pillar formations, which are the result of many years of physical erosion: frequent rain, ice in the winter, and plants that grow on them.

India Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park is India’s oldest and most prestigious national park, named after the legendary hunter and naturalist Jim Corbett. It occupies 520 square kilometres of green space and is part of a vast Corbett tiger reserve. Riverine belts, grasslands, valleys, and vast lakes make up Jim Corbett National Park. Project Tiger was first introduced in this location in 1973. Following independence, India’s tiger population experienced a significant decline due to a variety of factors, including deforestation by local people to earn a living. As a result, Project Tiger, a special conservation project, was launched to protect the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger species. Today, a population of 164 tigers and over 600 elephants live in Jim Corbett National Park. April Quiz 1. __________ , inspiration of Avatar, is famous for its pillar-like rock formations. 2. ___________ was launched in Jim Corbett National Park to protect the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger species. 3. Serengeti National Park is divided into three parts: Serengeti Plains, Northern Serengeti and ____________. 4. Göreme National Park is well known for its unique __________ landscapes, such as rock towers and hoodoo rock formations. 5. You can see dinosaur fossils in Grand Canyon National Park (O, X)