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Canada’s Amazing Wonder of Nature

Not many natural wonders of the world can simultaneously support a biodiversity equal to that of the Amazon Rain forest and at the same time generate environmentally-sustainable electricity. The Bay of Fundy in Canada’s East Coast Maritime area does it in a big way.

The Bay is a long formation off the Atlantic Ocean with the Province of New Brunswick along one shoreline and the Province of Nova Scotia covering the shore across the bay. The characteristics of the Bay of Fundy easily qualify it for a place among the New7Wonders of Nature. It is magnificent to see, be it at high tide or low, and especially during the ebb and flow either way.

The Bay’s tides are 16 meters ( 53 feet ), rising and lowering 100 billion tonnes of seawater in a cycle of 6 hours and 13 minutes, twice a day. All of the freshwater rivers in the world do not flow as much water as a single cycle of the tides in the Bay of Fundy. One tide cycle could fill and then empty the entire Grand Canyon.

In addition to the stunning beauty of the amazing formations created by the eons of movement of the waters, these enormous tides connect the Bay of Fundy to the world’s biodiversity through the migrations of fish, birds, and mammals. During autumn and summers, half the endangered Right whales on our planet feed in the bay, among the dozen whale species that gather there annually.

The “Coal Age” of 300 million years ago deposited the best fossil record of time around the Bay of Fundy. The world’s oldest reptiles and the oldest dinosaurs in Canada are there, marking the Triassic and Jurassic extinction.

No natural wonder on Earth offers more divers qualifications for inclusion as one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

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