10.02.2017

Six Places You Should See Before They Disappear

From the Maldives to the Great Wall, some of the most beautiful places on Earth are likely to disappear for a combination of natural and man-made causes. Here are the ones we should visit right away - and above all try to save

  • Six Places You Should See Before They Disappear
  • Six Places You Should See Before They Disappear
  • Six Places You Should See Before They Disappear
  • Six Places You Should See Before They Disappear
  • Six Places You Should See Before They Disappear
  • Six Places You Should See Before They Disappear

Air pollution, global warming, indiscriminate exploitation of water resources, uncontrolled urbanization: all of this is already under our eyes, but the consequences are not yet fully visible. Not for long, though, because according to the forecasts of experts and scientists, in the course of this and the next century many legendary places on our planet - places we take for granted because they have always existed in recent human history - are seriously at risk to be wiped off the face of the Earth.
 
If we were to find a less negative spin on this sad reality, we might say that the time to visit them is now, so here’s a small list of places you should absolutely see before it's too late.
 
The Great Chinese Wall
Strange as it sounds, this incredible man-made landmark over 2,000 years old and nearly 7,000 kilometers long is in serious danger and likely to fade in the next 100 years. Why is that? Because of the natural erosion derived from constant exposure to winds and rains, but also due to the thousands of tourists who walk along it every day, and even to the horrible but apparently widespread habit of stealing bricks to build houses.
 
The Seychelles
One of the most globally popular honeymoon destination, these beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean off the Kenya coast, with their turquoise waters and exotic postcard-perfect landscapes, are bound to sink into the sea over the next fifty years or so. And not because of the hordes of newlyweds who flock to their beaches, but because of climate changes, which cause drought and the rising of sea levels, with the consequent erosion of the coasts and the progressive destruction of the coral reef.
 
The Great Barrier Reef
And speaking of coral reefs, even the largest and most beautiful one in the world, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, which extends for 2,300 kilometers off the coast of Queensland, is largely defunct. This natural wonder and its inhabitants have been severely affected by rising water temperatures, and although coral whitening is a natural phenomenon, global warming is deemed guilty of dramatically worsening the situation.
 
The Madagascar Forest
The cute lemurs of Madagascar, who are among the characters of a famous series of animated films, are among the victims of deforestation that is destroying the lush vegetation of Madgascar. Already threatened by illegal hunting and poaching, in recent years the animals of the symbol of the biodiversity of this land are also losing their natural habitat because of the trading of precious woods and the transformation of large forest areas into rice fields. The same Madagascar forest is likely to extinguish largely over the next 35 years.
 
The Dead Sea
Incredible as it may seem, the Dead Sea is destined to disappear. Famous for its super salty water gifted with many beneficial properties, the Dead Sea receives water almost exclusively from the Jordan River. But if Israel and Jordan should continue to exploit the biblical river’s waters as much as they are doing today, its level is set to go down to drying. On top of that, water evaporation, accelerated by climate changes, is yet another threat to this huge salted lake.
 
The Maldives
If you have postponed your long-awaited trip to Maldives, it is advisable to arrange it within the next century. This island state whose tiny islets are only 1,5 meters above the ocean is facing several problems: in addition to risking being submerged over the next hundred years, it has to deal with rubbish mountains and with the pollution derived from the excessive use of diesel for lighting, despite the virtual abundance of solar energy available.
 
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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