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Old 02-11-2017, 04:43 PM
 
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If a parent especially, was wanting to get their kids to see all types of features (wildlife not included), would this be a pretty good guide to go off of? I think seeing natural wonders and such too is worthwhile, but more noteworthy is having an understanding of various places in the world around us, and why they are that way.
Here is what I would say are the essentials:
1. Ocean
-Atlantic
-Pacific
-Arctic (all 3 are quite different, even in different areas as well)
-Sea (cold weather like Baltic, warm weather like Mediterranean or Carribbean)
-Soft Smooth Waves, and Heavy Currents/Rough Seas
2. Lake
-Pond
-Medium Sized
-Great (Inland Sea)
-Alpine
-Different Colored (like Lake Hillier, Australia, or a BioBay)
-Area with huge tides (like Bay of Fundy)
3. River
-Headwaters
-Wide Spot
-Confluence
-Rapids
-Cypress/Grass Swamp
4. Waterfall
5. Swimming Hole
-Hot Springs (<85)
-Cold Springs (68-72 Year Round)
6. Weather
-Rain
-Hail
-Mist/Fog
-Snow
-Hurricane
-Tornado (prefer not to see one of these)
-Lightning
-Haboob
-Earthquake (preferably not too big)
-Volcanic Eruption (from a distance, of course)
-Extremely Dry Climate <20% humidity
-Extremely Humid Climate >80% humidity
-Extreme Heat (Heat Index exceeding 120*)
-Extreme Cold (Wind Chill below -20)
-Optimal Climate (somewhere like San Diego)
-Sharply Varying Climate (Think, 25-30 degrees a day, sometimes 70-80 degree one day shifts)
7. Sky
-Somewhere that rarely gets clouds
-Somewhere that always gets interestingly shaped clouds
-Shooting Stars (Perseids)
-Aurora Borealis/Short Nights
-Land of the Midnight Sun
-Full/New Moon (Easy Enough)
-Lunar Eclipse
-Solar Eclipse
-A Dark Sky Park
-Sunrise/Sunset over Mountains, Desert, Coastline
-Not weather related, but ISS/shuttle launch with naked eye
-Somewhere with high pollution, to see the damaged pink/hazy sky, appreciate nature even more
8. Forest/Greenery
-Cactus (Saguaro National Park)
-Joshua Tree (National Park)
-Above Tree Line (mountain)
-Tundra
-Boreal Pine Forest
-Eastern Old Growth Deciduous
-Southern Old Growth Cypress
-Tropical Vegetation (Royal Palms/Banyans/Mangoes/etc.)
-Redwood/Sequoia Forest
-Tropical Rainforest
-Temperate Rainforest
-De-Forested Area
-Well Manicured City Park/Neighborhood/Campus (Olmsted, preferably)
-Botanical Garden with Rare Plant Collection
-Southern, pointy grass (don't know technical terms)
-Northern, smooth grass
-Golden dry hills of places like California
-Midwestern Plains
-Terraced Fields
-Vineyards
9. Mountains
-Slight/Moderate Rolling Hills
-Mid Sized Mountains (like in Appalachia)
-Massive Mountains (like out west, both forested and not)
10 Geological (anything not covered yet)
-Cliffs overlooking seas/Bluffs overlooking river
-Steep City Streets
-Mixed Ecosystem
-Field with Wildflowers
-Spring (Cherry Blossoms/Flowers)
-Fall (Leaves Changing)
-Winter (Frosted/Frozen Landscape)
-Caves (recessed, subterranean with stalactites, rivers through, lava caves, ice caves, etc.)
-Glaciers (also, water filled with icebergs)
-Geothermal (bubbling pots/sulphur/geysers)
-Craters (volcanic/meteor)
-Sand Dunes
-Prairie
-Small Gorges/Narrows (Like Watkins Glen/Letchworth)
-Big Gorges/Canyons (Grand Canyon, Zion, etc.)
-Red Rock Type Features and Formations
-Volcanic/Seismic Features
11 Bonus
-Leave the Planet (Dream Big!)
Let me know what you think and if there's anything noteworthy or significant I left off.
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Old 02-11-2017, 07:04 PM
 
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Quite extensive. I noticed not much geology or gold, gemstones, petrified forests, etc. Archaeology out?, dinosaur digs. You don't have wildfires or floods or tornados or tidal waves to go with earthquakes.

I would start with list of National Parks, then do state parks.
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Old 02-12-2017, 03:45 AM
 
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What happened to mentioning the wildlife that dwells on this earth as well?? An extensive list that reads much like a textbook. I find it notable someone would spend the time to design a lengthy list and it is one small step into the remarkable world that has wonders to offer right in one's own space when one takes the time to see and hear the small things.

I keep what I refer to as a "fantasy" bucket list which truly would bore the socks off of another.

Thank you for sharing.
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Old 02-12-2017, 04:48 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Looks like you plan on having your kids living with you for a very long time.
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Old 02-16-2017, 12:04 AM
 
Location: British Columbia ~🌄 ☀️ ♥ 🍁 ♥ ☀️🌄~
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Cavsfan, do you personally already know and understand everything about all of those things on your list? If you do, how many years did it take you to fully absorb it?

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