It is nature’s course for places that once were to disappear and places that once were not to … reappear. The natural order is influenced by many factors like environmental change, economic development and the constant demand for energy. Places, much like animals have become endangered and many of the world’s most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Here are just a few of the world’s most majestic places that could vanish and may not be around for the next generation, places to visit before it is too late.
1. The Maldives
Being the lowest-lying country on Earth and due to the global warming and the sea levels constantly rising, the islands of Maldives could be completely engulfed by water in the next 100 years. This issue is so serious that local authorities began buying land to relocate its almost 400,000 citizens. This surfing and diving paradise in the middle of the ocean, comprises thousands of coral islands and reefs spread over nearly 56,000 square miles. It is definitely worth seeing while we can.
2. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia
This beautiful place is famous as one of the world’s premiere diving site. Here is the largest coral reef in the world, which covers more than 133,000 square miles. However, the Great Barrier Reef is suffering from rising ocean temperature, water pollution and fishing which are causing erosion. Scientists approximate that the Great Barrier Reef could be dead in the next 40 years and I believe this is reasons enough to put this place on our must-see list. And of course, we can look but we can’t touch.
According to NASA, the frozen continent is melting and while some might argue it will take many years until that happens efforts are in place to minimize the environmental impact of tourism. The cruise ships carry no more than 500 passengers and are not allowed to sail the straits. The International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators enforced some limitations but they do promote safe and responsible tourism so we should book a trip to the most southern continent while we can still enjoy the incredible wildlife and the outstanding mountain ranges.
4. Glacier National Park, Montana
In the 1850s Montana’s Glacier National Park had 150 glaciers, a number which went down to 25 in the present time. Scientists predict that in 15 years none will remain. The park is known for its wild life, being home for many native plants and animal species like the grizzly bear. The drastic changes will affect the Eco-system dramatically when the glacier-fed cold water is gone.
5. The Alps
One of the most famous and popular skiing destination in the world, the Alps have lost 20% of their glacier ice size since the 1980s and may completely vanish until 2050. As difficult as it may be to accept, the increasing global warming is affecting glaciers worldwide and there really isn’t anything to be done to stop it. Make sure you enjoy the breathtaking views of the Alps while they’re still there.
6. Dead Sea
In the last four decades the Dead Sea has shrunk by a third and sunk 80 feet. The only water source of the sea is River Jordan which is why if a solution will not be found, the Dead Sea could dry up within the next 40 years. The Red-Dead Project could be the answer to the problem. Through pipes and bribe canal the Red Sea will be channeled with the Dead Sea in order to bring stabilize the water level.
Set in Himalayas, Tibet has been disintegrating since the country came under Chinese control in 1950. Despite high-profile activists effort like Dalai Lama to free Tibet from Chinese occupation, the culture, tradition and language are said to be on the verge of disappearing. If things weren’t bad enough, China freezes tourist permits from time to time, so depending on the current policy, it may be too late to visit Tibet already.
8. The Rain Forests – Madagascar
120,000 square miles of untouched , unique flora and fauna were cut down to 20,000 square miles. The reason: because Madagascar is such a poor country its inhabitants are forced to cut down and burn the forest in order to plant crops for food. The sad part is that 80% of the forest is already gone along with many species of wildlife we did not even have time to study.