Scavenger Challenge – July 2018

Duration: 1st July – 31st July
Number of books: 7
Hosted by: Crazy Challenge Connection

DURATION: July 1 – 31, 2018

For those who might still be trying to decide where to go for your summer vacation, have you thought about visiting one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World? Some of them have made appearances in other challenges here in the CCC, but we feel that they’re worth another mention. Here’s a brief introduction to each of these wonders.

Situated in Arizona, USA, the 277-mile long Grand Canyon was carved by the Colorado River. The canyon, up to a mile deep and 18 miles wide at its broadest, offers a variety of lookouts and experiences that provide visitors with awe-inspiring views. Although not the steepest nor the longest canyon in the world, the Grand Canyon is recognized as a natural wonder because of the overall scale and size combined with the beautifully colored landscape.
 Read a book with a desert scene shown prominently on the cover; post the cover OR a book with an intact “18” in its original year of publication; tell us the year Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Made up of nearly 3,000 individual reefs and almost 1,000 islands over a span of 1,600 miles, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest individual formation created by living organisms, called coral polyps. While the Great Wall of China is often mistakenly described as being visible from space, astronauts and satellites have managed to capture images of the Barrier Reef.
 Read a book set in Australia or by an Australian author OR book #3 or #6 from a series; tell us the series Jodie’s Journey by Colin Thiele

Also called Guanabara Bay, the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro was created by erosion from the Atlantic Ocean.
It is a 19-mile stretch of land that includes more than 100 islands situated around the bay, including the car-free Paquetá Island, and Villegagnon Island, the site of the Brazilian Naval School. The Harbor is surrounded by gorgeous granite monolith mountains that include the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain at 1,296 feet
 Read a book with an intact “19” in its total page count; tell us how many pages OR a book with a large natural body of water shown prominently on the cover; post the cover Magic in the Wind by Christine Feehan

Known as Sagarmāthā in Nepal, and Chomolungma in Tibet, Mount Everest is one of the most iconic natural features of the globe. At 29,029 feet tall, it’s ranked first amongst mountains for both elevation and prominence.
The first recorded attempts to scale Everest were made in the 1920s by British mountaineers, but it would take more than three decades until Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and New Zealander Edmund Hilary managed to reach the summit in 1953.
 Read a book that has been translated from one language to another; tell us both languages OR a book with a character who works as a tour guide; tell us who – Ocean Light by Nalini Singh (2018)

The polar auroras, also known as the Northern (or Southern) Lights, are naturally occurring lights that create intriguing and spectacular displays in the sky. The aurora lights frequently appear as diffused glow lighting up the horizon. The effect is brought on by charged cosmic particles entering and interacting with the Earth’s atmosphere, causing vivid colors to be painted across the night sky. You can view an aurora from many different locations around the world; the higher the latitude, the more likely you are to see them.
 Read a book whose cover shows a large expanse of night sky; post the cover OR a book by an author whose first and last initials can be found in NORTHERN (to be used more than once, a letter must be in the phrase more than once) The Twilight Before Christmas by Christine Feehan

Probably the least known of the Natural Wonders, Paricutin is a cinder cone volcano in Michoacán, Mexico. What sets this particular volcano apart from the many others around the world is that scientists were able to observe and document every stage of its lifespan – from creation to extinction – as it happened. During the 1940s and 50s, scientists watched the volcano grow from a fissure in a cornfield to a mountainous height of 1,391 ft. After erupting for 19 years, the volcano went quiet in 1952, never expected to erupt again.
 Read a book with a character who earns his/her living as a scientist; tell us who and the career OR a book set in the 1940s or 50s; tell us when Oceans of Fire by Christine Feehan (Abbey is a Marine Biologist)

In honor of the reigning queen at the time, the name Victoria Falls was given to the falls by the Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone. The indigenous name Mosi-oa-Tunya –The Smoke that Thunders – is still in use locally. Two national parks protect the falls, which are located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Zambezi River, which originates in northern Zambia, is the source of the Falls’ water.
 Read a book whose title begins with Z (disregard A, An and The) OR a book where the first letter of every word in the title (ALL words count!) can be found in VICTORIAFALLS (2-word minimum) Armor of Roses by Marjorie Liu



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