Earth is home to some stunningly beautiful destinations. But unfortunately, some of the most incredibly beautiful places are on the brink of being wiped off because of climate change and man-made disasters. So, it will be a good idea for any travel enthusiast to explore these stunning destinations before they disappear.
Here’s a list of 10 places that should be on the top of your wander list, if you don’t want to miss visiting them.
1. The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea, which borders Jordan and Israel, has sunk 80 feet and disappeared by a third in the past 40 years. Experts fear that if water continues to be used from the River Jordan, which is where the Dead Sea draws its water from, it will be in danger of disappearing.
2. The Great Barrier Reef , Australia
The Great Barrier Reef covers an area of 1680 mile and is a spectacle to watch. However, due to global warming and coral bleaching, 50% of the reef has disappeared in the last 27 years. It is being estimated that the Great Barrier Reef would be irreversibly damaged by the year 2030.
3. The Galápagos Islands
A combination of too many tourists and foreign species that don’t belong is threatening the ecosystem and unique native species of the Galapagos Islands, a group of islands off the coast of Ecuador.
4. Glacier National Park, US
Once home to more than 150 glaciers, Montana’s majestic national park now has fewer than 25. Rapid climate change could see that number shrink to zero by 2030, which would not only leave the park without a glacier, but also severely disrupt its ecosystem.
5. Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
Home to over a third of planet Earth’s plant and animal species, Amazon is under serious threat from deforestation. Over the past four decades around 40 percent of it has been destroyed, primarily for mining, industrial agriculture and illegal logging.
6. The Great Wall of China, China
This east-to-west winding wall was built to protect China from enemy invasions, but today it stands as the nation’s quintessential tourist destination. Though many efforts have been made to restore portions of the ancient wall, it is still being damaged by erosion and locals selling its bricks.
This beautiful island country boasting of crystal blue waters teamed with colourful fish, white sand beaches, and the amazing water bungalows is not here to last long. It is actually the lowest-lying country in the world and is quickly being engulfed by the surrounding Indian Ocean. This beautiful country could entirely be submerged in the next 100 years.
8. Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal is one of the most iconic buildings in the world, but some experts worry that the site could collapse because of erosion and pollution.
9. Venice, Italy
Get your gondola ride in soon, because Venice has been sinking for a number of years, and it’s showing no signs of stopping. More severe floods in recent years are also contributing to the disappearance of the city of canals.
The epitome of a tropical paradise, the islands of the Seychelles — located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar — are vanishing because of beach erosion. Some experts believe that in 50 to 100 years, the entire archipelago could be submerged.