10 Places to Visit Before They Disappear

The worlds mass media so often report to us about changes in climate and landscape of Earth associated with life activities of humanity that we stopped to pay attention to it.

Global warming of course was discussed many times through the decades but we do not always grasp the danger. The rising of the sea level of the world’s oceans is somehow far from us and is not perceived as danger. Meanwhile there exist a lot of beautiful corners of our planet that those changes have a huge influence on and destructive impact.

10 Places to Visit Before They Disappear

Below are a list of places and wonderful parts of our planet that could one day be lost because of global warming, the influence of industry such as mining and energy or increased tourist activities.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

In the opinion of many scientists, this beautiful at some point snow-white mausoleum has no more than 5 years to exist. There are a several reasons for it: water pollution of Jamna River which surrounds the base of Taj Mahal, leaded to decays in beams of foundation and endless tourists creating damage to the marble floor and walls of structure. By UNESCO request mausoleum can be closed for visiting in the near future.

Antarctic icebergs

After analyzing photo shoots from NASA’s satellite, scientists came to conclusion that speed of Antarctic icebergs melting for the last 10 years became simply catastrophic. Since 2003 ice became thinner in some regions almost by the meter and instead of icy mountains today shows the hills. Situation intensifies melted water that by surrounding is destroying icebergs faster than warming. To lower the influence on the nature in Antarctic region decreased amount of cruises and in near future it was planned to prohibit them permanently.

Basin of Yangtze River, China

Construction of giant dam, shipping industry, manufacturing and agricultural wastes, and utilization of forests – all of this leads to destruction of flora and fauna of Yangtze River. Chinese sturgeon, sea-swine, and Chinese alligator – all of those are rear kind of animals living in Yangtze that ended up at the edge of extinction.


1190 islands and atolls of Maldives archipelago located entirely at the sea level (highest point of islands – 2.4 meters). Because of the icebergs thawing water level in World ocean elevating and that endanger Maldives with full flooding. Authorities of the country preparing for flood by buying the land and houses for their fellow citizens on the continent (mainly in India).

Great Barrier Reef

Increase of water acidity, large flow of tourists, warming – all of those factors leads to damage of Great Barrier Reef. But more of all that increases the situation are tropical hurricanes and starfishes that feed on coral polyps. From 1985 to 2013 was died more than 50% of total massive and in 10 years could be    left only quarter. How to fight with tropical hurricanes and warming in global scales the scientists does not understand yet, but to conduct biological control and downsize the population of starfishes they able to.

Dead Sea

Since 1970 water level in the Dead Sea got reduced by 30 meters. The reason of it – first of all, it is mining operations on the sea territory and utilization of 80% of inflows in the sea. The sea is disappearing, leaving bedding caves on brand-new places of dry land which is negatively influences on the ecosystem of coastal regions. For the rescue of Dead Sea is planning to bring canal from Red Sea but in this case the water content and previous look of salty reservoir will never be the same as before.

Galapagos Islands

Galapagoses – mother place for almost 10 000 rear kind of animals, indeed, the visiting of this archipelago inspired Charles Darwin to work on theory of evolution. Unfortunately, endless stream of tourists, poachers and passing along the islands cruise liners leaded to the sad state of island’s ecosystem and endanger of extinction for many representatives of flora and fauna.

National Park ‘Everglades’, Florida, USA

Reservoirs of this the most beautiful park in USA on territory of which inhabits dozens of rear kind of animals, drying out  because the water from it pumped out for surrounding farms and cities. Swamps, which occupying large territory of park, contaminated with wastes and their ecosystem is damaging. Since 1900 park territory reduced two times and at the edge of extinction ended up such animals like Florida’s panther (“Everglades” is the only place of inhabitation of that kind), turtles and manatee.

Angara River, Russia

Once the cleanest river of world, it can disappear from the face of the Earth turned into long chain of dirty reservoirs filled with discharges of oil products, mercury and copper compounds. Already in the number of regions is not recommended to consume for food fish that was caught in the river. Because of bad ecology in Angara region on the edge of extinction are starlet, sturgeon, trout and also unique pine forest of Angara – pride of Siberia

Venice, Italy

Venice is sinking – water level increasing by 1 millimeter per year and by the year 2100 city can disappear entirely. Fuel to the fire adds large amount of tourists: 60 000 per day instead of the limit of 30 000 which can sustain ancient city. The waves of cruise liners are also dangerous for Venice – they erode the foundation.  One of the most beautiful cities on planet is trying to rescue – prohibited the entrance of cruising liners in central part and planning to restrict the amount of tourists, but the sea which at one time gifted Venice with wealth and prosperity continues to destroy it.

 It is sad that all of this places after some decades our descendants would be able to see only on colorful pictures in internet. Rescue of the planet in global dimensions, of course, is the business of special organizations, professionals and entire countries, but everyone can offer one’s mite for the common cause, for example, by remaining civilized tourist during travel by historical sites, gateways to the nature and also by using rationally natural resources.

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