Rapid climate changes, dying ecosystem and human interference are some of the causes to disappearing heritage and cultures. Before they truly disappear, many tourists are rushing to these places to immerse themselves in historical has-been, to bring back photographs and stories to their grandchildren one day. We look at top seven places that are at risk of total disappearance.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia The biggest coral reef on the planet, which covers more than 133,000 sq miles (344,400 sq km), has long been a fascination Down Under. More than half of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has disappeared in the past 27 years, according to a new study by scientists. As of late, the Great Barrier Reef has encountered a few cyclones, which is why the situation is distressing right now. Many scuba divers are listing The Great Barrier Reef as the top priority to visit on their bucket list.
The Maldives It is well known that Former President Mohamed Nasheed proclaimed that if the world does not do something about carbon neutrality, this pretty island will sink. The global warming makes sea level to rise. This is alarming news for the low-lying islands of Maldives of which most of the islands are less than a meter above sea level. Many honeymooners are still opting the island surrounded by blue sea and white sands as their top destination to visit.
Everglades National Park, America Everglades are included in the List of World Heritage in Danger more than once, twice in fact, due to the significant degradation of the site; a marked deterioration in water flows and quality resulting from agricultural and urban development. Nature lovers are flocking to the location to enjoy the last of its beauty and the haven for rare and threatened species.
The Great Wall of China, China Touted as one of the marvels in history, many people traveled from afar to complete a section of the Great Wall and to obtain a fake certification of achievement, completed with your photograph. However, the Walls are slowly deteriorating mainly due to the huge amount of required maintenance and the theft of the Wall’s bricks.
The Amazon Rainforest, South America Covers about 40% of the South American continent is home to the largest rainforest on earth, the area represents more than half of the world’s rainforests. With deforestation by humans, the Amazon Rainforest is slowly disappearing to make way for loggers and builders. 20% of it has already gone. Another haven for the adventurous and nature lovers, many cite that they would love to explore the rainforest at least in their lifetime.
Seychelles The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa, well known for its beautiful beaches and coral reef is sad to say in the danger of disappearance due to beach erosion and mass dying of corals. Experts predict by another 50 years, the islands will be totally under the sea. Beach lovers of the world travel to feast their eyes on the enchanting view for the last time.
Glaciers in the Alps The glaciers kept receding due to global warming. Soon enough by 2050, they might be gone. Skiers, young and old alike gather around skiing season to appreciate their love for the sport and to enjoy the spectacular mountainous view before it’s too late.
Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food
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