Our planet is home to some of the most spectacular and breath-taking sights. Glistening streams of water, dew speckled greens, radiant meadows, and so much more. Yet the harsh reality stands like an imposter on our doorsteps. We’ve failed to commit to a lot of our duties, and our planet has suffered. So much so, that what was once worshipped is now victim to our ignorance and carelessness and may have to bear the brunt of the consequences perpetuated. Some of them in the times to come may disappear. Here are five places to visit before they go poof on us!
The city of romantic lullabies on a boat that has given wings to poets’ imagination falls in the list of must places to visit. Yet this loved Italian city is slowly sinking naturally subsiding at a rate of about 0.03 to 0.04 inches (0.8 to 1 mm) per year, while man-made activity is causing it to sink an additional 0.08 to 0.39 inches (2 to 10 mm) per year. As the ground subsides, the city becomes even more vulnerable to flooding!
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The largest coral reef in the world has been an attraction to millions of tourists worldwide. Yet increasing environmental challenges have been steadily eroding the structure for years now. From rising ocean temperatures to an influx of pollution, this natural wonder could be destroyed within the next 100 years. One of the must places to visit before it melts away.
The home of some of the most luxurious hotel chains and dream like vacations, the Maldives is also the lowest-lying country on Earth. With the rise in sea level, Maldives is threatened of vanishing into the depths of the ocean in the coming years. The risk has become so great the Maldivian government has purchased land in other countries for citizens who face displacement.
The Dead Sea
The ancient salt water body that lies between Israel, Palestinian territory and Jordan has long drawn tourists and pilgrims to its shores for its revered history of healing and unity. Yet its only source, River Jordan has been diverted in a bid to draw more water for industrial purposes. Thus, the lake is drying up and experts believe that in the coming years, it will be non existent. One of the must places to visit, go enjoy its beauty while it lasts.
The Alps have been location to several Bollywood movies, dreams and ski vacations. Yet, even these mammoth ranges have fallen victim to global warming. Around 3% of Alpine glacial ice is lost per year and experts believe that the glaciers could disappear entirely by 2050. The problem begins not just for skiers but also for the entirety of the European continent, as the Alps serve as a major source of freshwater.
So, get going and tick off these extraordinary places to visit before they disappear from the face of the earth!