Our world is blessed with abundant beauty, yet we can’t simply live by the idea where anything that exist, will last forever. Due to the constant climatic variation, several places around the globe has been affected severely. This list brings onto the table, few of the most beautiful yet endangered places on the verge to vanish.
1- The Dead Sea
Speaking to ABC News, Mr. Bromberg said: ‘These sinkholes are a direct result of the inappropriate mismanagement of water resources in the region.
The Dead Sea, otherwise called Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordering Jordan toward the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. It pulls in a lot of sightseers from around the globe, for a mud plunge or just to glide around. The only water source to the Sea is the Jordan river. Since the larger part of its water sources has been cut off, contaminated or occupied, combined with mineral mining adds to the risks of the Sea drying up. Sinkholes, some the extent of a b-ball court, are showing up around the now subsiding water, undermining the guests’ well-being and making a scary scene. It is believed to dry up in the next 50 years.
2- The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
This might come as no surprise, the reef has lost half of its coral cover in 30 years and was on track to further deteriorate. There are a number of reasons for the decline. Climate change has led to warmer seas, which in turn has caused coral bleaching. In addition, industrial and agricultural waste, as well as the crown-of-thorns starfish, have all taken their toll on this amazing ecosystem. The UNESCO has decided against declaring the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”, but will be closely monitoring the progression over the next four years. We are hoping Australia’s efforts pays off, but it’s a must visit anyway.
3- The Maldives
The Maldives are disappearing into the ocean. So says President Mohamed Nasheed, who in October 2009 strapped on scuba gear and held a cabinet meeting underwater with 13 government officials.
This heaven look-alike might be a spot where many would wish grow old in. The crystal blue water, white sands, and the amazing bungalows, offering scenery that won’t just fade away quite easy, from your memory. Out of the many islands in Maldives, only 250 are habitable with the highest elevation of just two meters. It is the lowest lying country in the world and it’s rapidly being gobbled up by the Indian Ocean. With the impact of global warming, this could disappear within a hundred years; making it as one of the most endangered nation. So, make this trip happen, NOW!
4- Taj Mahal, India
Professor Ram Nath, a historian who is one of the world’s leading authorities on the Taj, said: “The Taj stands just on the edge of the river Yamuna, which has now dried up. This was never anticipated by its builders. The river is a constituent of its architectural design and if the river dies, the Taj cannot survive.”
This stunning masterpiece is a Hindu, Islamic, Asian, and Persian architecture, and has a soulful background. Taj Mahal is one of India’s main attractions, welcoming up to four million tourists a year; that being a huge number, brings in insane traffic and air pollution. Heavy footfall has damaged the tomb’s structural engineering, causing authorities to consider closing the attraction. The trees are being cut down to make roads and thus, Taj is now exposed to the constant dust and storms, turning the famous white landmark, a sickly yellow.
5- Venice, Italy
New research by U.S. Scientists suggests it is sinking more than five times faster than experts in Venice believe.
A perfect epitome of Beauty is this romantic city, Venice, sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. For all you lovebirds out there, this is a must visit destination before the inevitable happens. Sinking at an average of 2-3 millimeters a year, Venice is disappearing. Combined with a constant rise in sea water levels, the eroding stone, and the aging and decaying wooden foundations, the city, sadly, will be submerged soon.
6- Furtwängler Glacier, Tanzania
“In a very real sense, these glaciers are being decapitated from the surface down,” said Lonnie Thompson, professor of earth sciences at Ohio State University.
If it still didn’t occur to you that Global Warming is real and is slowly and skillfully changing the face of the earth, then here is a reality check. Furtwängler Glacier is a little remainder of an ice top that once surmount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest crest. Nearly 85 percent of the ice spread has vanished from October 1912 to June 2011. At the present rate, a large portion of the ice will vanish and will be totally sans snow in the following 15 years or so.
7- Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
“This matter has to be resolved very quickly or the islands’ wildlife will suffer severe damage.” – Swen Lorenz
The Galápagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, in Ecuador, is viewed as one of the world’s principal destinations for untamed life seeing. Its isolated terrain led to the development of unique flora and fauna (that may not be found elsewhere) such as marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, giant tortoises, huge cacti, endemic trees and the many different subspecies of mockingbirds and finches. Charles Darwin visited here in 1835, and his observation of Galápagos’ species later inspired his theory of Evolution. But due to heavy tourism and illegal poaching and smuggling of animals, the ecosystem and the life in it is crumbling.
The beautiful city Tibet is a heaven for nature lovers; here, time feels to have stopped long ago, hold onto the natures’s purest form. Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 meters. The highest elevation in Tibet is Mount Everest, earth’s highest mountain. With the Chinese occupants imposing travel restrictions on those wishing to visit Tibet, it’s conceivable that tourists may find it increasingly difficult to visit Lhasa in the coming years. *fingers crossed*
9- The Alps
“When I came here as a boy, the (Bossons) was several hundred meters below,” says Seb (mountain guide) “At the moment we can still enjoy it, but in 40, 50 years what are we going to say to our next generation? ‘Oh, it was great! You should’ve been here.'”
Renowned Glaciologist, Atsumu Ohmura says, “95% of the world’s glaciers that are monitored currently are retreating. And it is happening so fast. It’s 20 times faster than any natural temperature change before human beings became so active.” The Rocky Mountains comparatively have a higher altitude than the Alps, which are melting at a rate of 3% per year. Mont Blanc meaning ‘White Mountain’ is the highest mountain in the Alps and the highest peak in Europe, it has already shrunk by 45cm in the past few years. It is thought that the Alps’ glaciers will disappear by 2050.
10- Lake Baikal, Siberia
NASA’s Aqua satellite snapped a picture of the melt in progress. Ice remains throughout the northern portion of the lake, but drifting ice and large patches of open water are visible throughout the southern part.
It is the largest (by volume) and deepest (1,637 meters at the deepest point) freshwater lake on Earth. It is also one of the world’s oldest lakes (25-30 million years old); sediment deposited on the bottom is up to 7 kilometers deep. The lake’s long, thin, and deep shape results from its location in the Baikal Rift Valley. It’s a United Nations World Heritage Site, hosting flora and fauna that are unique to the ecosystem. This is deemed safe because of its sheer size, this may not be enough as it holds 20 percent of global unfrozen freshwater reserves.
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