Our earth is full of millions of beautiful places and destinations that are just awaiting to be explored. From the ice caped peaks of Glacier National Park to the pristine beaches of the Maldives just to name a few. Unfortunately due to climate change and human interference the following 11 destinations will cease to exist within the next few decades.
1) The Maldives
The Maldives is made up hundreds of tropical islands located in the Indian Ocean. It is the lowest lying country on earth, and due to climate change will soon be totally submerged. The Maldivian government has even started to buy plots of lands in other countries for its residents who will be displaced.
2) The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, and has also been voted the top tourist destination in 2016. Unfortunately due to climate change, the water temperatures are rising. This rise in temperature causes all sorts of catastrophic incidents within the reef. Most importantly the tiny algae that is responsible for the vibrant colours of the reef, leave the reef in search for cooler water. This causes mass bleaching which has already affected 93% of the reef.
3) Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Although the Mountain itself is not going anywhere fast. The ice peak that we all know and love may not be there much longer. During the years of 1912-2007 the ice cap shrunk by an astonishing 85% due to climate change.
4) Joshua Tree National Park, California
The Joshua Tree is a very iconic tree only located in the Mojave desert and the park just wouldn't be the same without it. However this might just become a reality. Due to the severe droughts that have plagued this region in the past few years, the trees are suffering. If the region doesn't see an end to this drought soon. The we may have to start looking for a new name for this park.
5) The Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
Covering an astounding 1.4 billion acres and home to as much as 20% of the worlds bird species. The Amazon has long been the largest tropical rainforest in the world. However with a few contributing factors such as mining, pollution, climate change and deforestation it is slowly eroding away. It's hard to imagine a future without such an intriguing and beautiful rainforest such as this one.
6) Venice, Italy
Venice is famous for being a floating city, however this might just be the thing that destroys it. The cities foundations have been sinking slowly over the past few centuries. Accompanied by rising sea levels this city might soon be lost to the depths of the ocean. Perhaps becoming the real life lost city of Atlantis?
7) Glacier National Park, USA
As the name implies this park is famous for its glaciers. Although due to recent changes in the climate these glaciers are slowly disappearing. What was once home to over 100 glaciers is now only home to just 25. Scientists expect there to be no glaciers left by the year 2030.
8) Machu Picchu, Peru
These ruins are arguably the most famous ruins in the world. However Machu Picchu like many others ruins have succumb to human interference. The constant trekking and interaction by the countless visitors each year is starting to take its toll. The ruins and paths are slowly deteriorating and will soon be inaccessible for humans within the next few decades.
9) The Dead Sea, Jordan
The Dead Sea is famous for its high salt levels that allow visitors to float in the water easily and unaided. Although ironically enough the Dead Sea is finally dying. Due to a variety of natural factors water levels are dropping up to 3 feet per year, soon enough the sea will be a mere memory.
10) Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal is one of the top wonders of the world, and a travel destination to millions of tourist each year. However due to decaying timber and the constant wear and tear of visitors. This national icon could soon be unsafe to visit. It's speculated that in just the next few years this building will be closed to tourists due to the buildings decay.
11) Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
This list wouldn't be complete without one of the most amazing architectural structures in history. The Pyramids that bring in millions of tourists each year could soon see an unfortunate collapse. Due to pollution and other human interference, the Pyramids structures are gradually weakening each year. In the next coming century could we see the collapse of the most iconic buildings on this planet?
Although the world is full of many destinations that are deteriorating due to climate change and other human factors. This was my pick of the top 11 destinations you need to see before they disappear. Although many of us will have every destination in the world on our bucket list. It might be a wise idea to prioritize the above destinations before it's too late.
Please let us know what destination you think should have made the top 11 below!
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