There are many spectacular wonders out there that you haven’t yet visited and it’s highly possible you never will. Such places offer you the most breath-taking sceneries you will ever see and help to preserve culture through historical sites that were built thousands of years ago.
In case you haven’t had the chance to visit these places yet, it is high time you do so as in a few years they may vanish from the earth. Climate change, natural disasters, pollution and urbanization are some of the threats that slowly destroy our planet and many wonderful sights around the world over the passage of time.
So, here is the list of the 10 places you should visit before they disappear completely:
One of the most beautiful places on earth is in danger of becoming extinct. Seychelles, the archipelago that constitutes a group of 115 islands may disappear in 50 years as its islands will gradually be flooded with water. Also, because of climate change, the temperature is rising and destroying the corals in the water that has devastating effects on the ecosystem.
2. The Alps
Climate change is also having a profound impact on mountain areas such as the Alps which are predicted to disappear by 2050. In the last century, the Alps have become 1.5 degrees warmer, and the mountains have slowly started changing. As the ice has started retreating, the formation of the rocks has started to change too. This has made it unsafe for travellers to climb on the mountains as the traditional routes have been altered.
3. The Valley of Kings, Egypt
This valley in Egypt constitutes the resting places of some of the great pharaohs of Egypt, Ramses II and King Tutankhamen. The famous historical site has attracted many tourists over the years as well as people who were curious to learn its secrets and wanted to get their hands on its treasures. Apart from that, the tombs have undergone some damage because of the fungus that started growing because of inadequate ventilation. Many paintings inside the tombs have already started disappearing and scientists say the place may disappear completely in about 150 years.
The Maldives will completely disappear from the earth in about 100 years’ time. As the third most endangered nation, it is possible that this beautiful island may flood due to the climate change. Since it is only about 1.5 metres above the sea level, the risk is high and the Maldivian government has already bought land in other countries to prepare citizens to abandon the island if need be.
5. Taj Mahal
The incredible white marble mauseoleum that was built by Emperor Shah Jahan may be closed to the public in less than 5 years. This is because air and water pollution have started damaging the building and turning its colour from white to yellow. Despite India Supreme Court’s initiatives to restore the site, things are not getting any better and visitors with vehicles are not allowed to come closer than 1,640ft to the palace.
6. Glacier National Park, Montana
When the Glacier National Park founded in 1910, there were around 150 glaciers. By 2030, however, it is predicted that the park will lose even more ice and only 25 glaciers will be left. While the effects of global warming are evident at this site, there is more to it than that. Since the temperature in the area is increasing rapidly the ecosystem of the park will be destroyed. This means that any wild species such as wolves, bears and elks will need to find another home.
7. Venice, Italy
The romantic city of Venice has also been slowly sinking over the years. The flood tides that come from the Adriatic around autumn and early spring every year have been a major cause of that and the government realised that something needed to be done. The MOSE project was introduced to better control the rising sea level by creating pontoons that would block the incoming water.
8. Olympia, Greece
Olympia is the place where the Olympic games started. The sacred site in Olympia was dedicated to the god Zeus and every four years it held the Olympic Games to honour him. Unfortunately today, due to global warming, fires have become quite a common problem and they are threating to destroy this historic site.
9. The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea otherwise known as the Sea of Salt will literately be dead in about 50 years. Over the past 40 years, the water level of the sea has fallen dramatically as it shrunk by a third. This is because people from surrounding countries are getting water from the River Jordan, which is the Dead Sea’s only source of water.
10. Patagonia, South America
Satellite observations showed that the glaciers of Patagonia are changing form because of the rapid melting of the ice. By the end of the 20th century, this had caused to the global sea level to rise from 0.4 to 07mm, which is a considerably big change. While this site won’t entirely disappear until all the glaciers end up in the sea, it will still undergo a radical transformation because of the melting ice.
If you want to visit these amazing places, you better try to see them now before it’s too late! Where would you rather go first? Let us know in the comments section below…