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6 Lesser Known World Landmarks (Slideshow)

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6 Lesser Known World Landmarks (Slideshow)


Sure, we all know the great pyramids in Egypt, the coliseum in Rome, or the Niagara Falls in North America. But there are plenty of other historically, culturally and ecologically important places on the planet that may not have the glory, but are truly impressive on their own. Click through to check out some of the world’s most incredible less known world landmarks.

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1. Phoenix Islands Protected Area, Kiribati

The largest and one of the most impressive protected marine areas in the world, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area is located around the remote Southern Pacific island nation of Kiribati. The area is home to large coral reef system, many atolls, underwater volcanoes. Marine life is abundant, and the area is a haven for seabirds. One of the islands in the chain is also, possibly, where Amelia Earhart crashed her plane in 1937.

Related: 5 of the World’s Most Remote Islands

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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8:44PM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

Hopefully they stay "lesser known" and are not over-run with tourists and McDonald signs!

I hope the area in Iran can be rebuilt.

7:21AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

Thanks for sharing this.

4:03AM PDT on Mar 14, 2014

Thanks for sharing..... amazing pics!!

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8:53PM PST on Dec 27, 2013

thanks for sharing

8:02AM PST on Dec 27, 2013

fascinating- thanks

10:00AM PST on Nov 24, 2013

Very Cool.
Thank you.

3:24PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Thank you for sharing- truly interesting and fascinating places with so much history.

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