10 Places To Visit Before They Are Gone Forever
As we all know, the world is changing. Over the past century, there have been reports of temperature changes, erosion and rising of the sea level. We may not realize this now but some of our impacts have seriously damaged the environment and if we don’t change quickly, we may lose our chances of seeing some wonderful places. These places are expected to be gone at the rate of climate change. So, here are 10 places that you need to visit before they are gone.
Maldives is one of the most popular places for honeymoons. The crystal waters, colorful fishes, and white sand beaches makes it an amazing place to visit. Unfortunately, this group of islands is very low in elevation and is surrounded by the Indian Ocean. With the rate of how the ocean level is rising, there is a very high chance that can be submerged in 100 years!
This is a video of the Maldives... Imagine that being gone!!!
2) Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is home to 1500 species of fish- some say they are the most amazing fishes in the world. It also covers a great area for tourists from all over the world to watch. Unfortunately, over the last 27 years, 50 percent of the reef has disappeared due to global warming and coral bleaching. Those are both caused from human activities and if we continue this, this beautiful view of beautiful species of fish will be nearly gone by 2030!
3) The Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest in the world- covering 1.4 billion acres. This rainforest is home to over 15% of the bird species in the world. The rainforest covers almost half of Brazil and spreads over Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, and Suriname. Unfortunately, due to Deforestation and the erosion caused by mining, the rainforest could entirely disappear in 50 years! Imagine how hot the planet will be!
4) Glacier National Park
This park is known for its glaciers. When the park first opened, there were over 140 glaciers but now it is cut down to only around 25. According to scientists, all of the glaciers will melt by 2030. Some of the rarest animals like elk, mountain goats and grizzly bears are found here. So, you would probably want to visit them before they are gone.
5) Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most famous mountains. It is known for its snow-capped top. Due to the increasing global temperature, the snow cover is decreasing at a very rapid rate. Mount Kilimanjaro has been famous for centuries for its beautiful glaciers but it may all disappear in the next 100 years if no action is being taken to protect it from global warming.
6) Komodo Islands
The sea around Komodo provides one of the best diving spots so if you are someone who loves having fun underwater, this is the place for you. They also have amazing coral reefs and fish of all shapes and sizes and a variety of colors. The Komodo Islands haven’t been impacted too much from the climate changes, environmentalists have addressed that the glowing of acidification and rising temperatures will eventually kill the reef which would lead to an intense loss of biodiversity.
7) The Great Wall of China
This 21196 km wall was built to protect China from enemy invasions but due to such huge amounts of tourist attraction, only about 30 percent of it is still in top condition. Even though many people are trying to restore it, it will always be damaged by erosion and people selling the bricks. The Great Wall of China may last for a couple of centuries but less and less of it will be available for the years to come.
Watch a time lapse video of how the Grand Canyon was created.
8) The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is listed as one of the 11 most endangered historic sites in the US by the National Trust of Historic Preservation in 2015. Due to all of the mining and tourism traffic, it is slowly breaking apart. There are already small traces of cliffs breaking and if mining continues, we could lose access to this wonderful 650 mile hiking area!
9) The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands is a great destination for travelers interested in a nice, beautiful beach packed with wildlife. Unfortunately, some tourists are not considerate and use the wildlife as an opportunity to make money. There has been so many threats to this area due to overfishing causing a severe population decline of the fish. Global warming also threatens the Galapagos Islands. The water levels may rise, increasing the risk of the Galapagos Islands to be submerged. The rise of ocean temperature also cause coral reefs to die which will reduce biodiversity. Just like the Maldives, the Galapagos Islands will likely be gone by the next century.
10) The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth which is 1380 feet below sea level. The Dead Sea is a popular destination for it’s desert views. Unfortunately, due to climate change, like most other islands, the Dead Sea will likely be submerged in the next century.
As we all know, most places around the world are going downhill due to the climate change. There are many more incredibly beautiful places that are on its decline due to climate change, so I will take a poll, would you want me to make another list? Or Not? Either way, make sure you check out some of these amazing places because when enough time passes, you may not be able to ever see it again!
Should I make another list of places to visit before they disappear?
The main reason why I wrote this article is so everyone who enjoys traveling the world will at least experience some of these wonderful places but I also want to write this article as a way to motivate everyone to try to mitigate global warming and all the other issues that humans contribute to climate change. I am debating if the next article I write should have something to do with how we can mitigate the impact of global warming to protect our planet. So, here is another poll. Should that be my next article or should that now be?