10 Amazing Places on Earth that Could Disappear
Numerous studies have shown that sea level rise and the massive deforestation of forests represent a huge danger for the Earth and humans.
In this context, the newspaper The Huffington Post has compiled a list of ten amazing places in the world, in Europe, Africa or Australia, which could disappear in the coming years.
Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism in the world with over 3,000 reef systems and hundreds of tropical islands. In June this year, UNESCO has asked Australia to implement measures to protect these “wonders of nature”, in order to avoid its inclusion in 2015 on the World Heritage List in danger.
The reef lost more than half of the corals over the past 27 years due to the meteorological factors (storms), climate (global warming) and industrial (pollution).
Scientists fear that if they don’t find the necessary measures to counter these threats, the Great Barrier Reef will only exist for another 100 years.
Seychelles have always been a dream destination for any tourist. But, this paradise is in danger after, in the last years, the existing corals in the area were affected greatly and the beaches are threatened by erosion. The islands could disappear entirely in the next 50 or 100 years.
The city of Venice
Venice has been synonymous with “romance” in ancient times, but the city is in danger. It could be completely covered by water during the next 70 years.
Some species from the Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands have been in danger for many years “because of the environmental degradation” and the intense tourism and trafficking of wild animals are threatening the existence of endangered species and ecosystems.
The forests of Madagascar
Madagascar is the fourth largest island on Earth, but its forests have a lifespan of only 35 years. If people don’t take measures to stop massive deforestation and fires, the trees will forever disappear.
The glaciers in the Alps
The glaciers reduce their size by 3% every year, so that one of the effects of the global warming could be the disappearance of glaciers in the Alps by 2050.
The snow on Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro glaciers have reduced their share in recent years, but the global warming speeds up the process.
The Republic of Maldives, consisting of a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, is the country with the lower maximum altitude in the world, which could be a big disadvantage in case the sea level rises.
According to Huffington Post, the authorities in the country are convinced of the danger, so they are considering buying land in other countries, possibly in Australia, for people to move.
Taj Mahal was built in 21 years, but there is speculation that it may close to the public in the coming years. The main threat is the increasing pollution in the area and the excessive tourism.
Glacier National Park
Located in the northern Montana, the park presents special features geologically, geographically and climatic speaking. It received this name due to the existence of glaciers during the ice age, but now there are only some of them left. Scientists predict that there will be no glacier park in 2020 or 2030, which will affect the entire ecosystem of the park.