The world is filled with many beautiful places to see. Traveling the world to see some of the most stunning views is something many people do. But sadly, some of these places are disappearing and will soon be gone forever. So, which places should you see before they disappear, and the only way to see them is through old videos and pictures?
- Venice, Italy
The city is a wonderful place, widely thought to be romantic and visited by both couples and singles far and wide. It’s also known for how ancient the buildings are, dating all the way back to the 5th century. But most people don’t realize that the city itself is on top of an unstable lagoon, and it’s actually sinking. Floods have worsened over the years and soon, the entire city will be underwater.
- Great Barrier Reef, Australia
This true wonder of the ocean is over 1,200 miles long on Australia’s Queensland coast. It’s the only living thing in the entire world that can be seen from space, which is part of what makes it such a true wonder to see in person. But carbon dioxide has increased in recent years and is contributing to the deterioration of coals all around the world, including the Great Barrier Reef. One day, this fascinating living beauty will be gone forever.
- The Maldives, South Asia
Similar to Venice, the Maldives in South Asia are under threat and will soon be underwater. In this case, over eighty percent of the islands sit only three feet above sea level. This place is a true paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with beautiful coral reefs, pure white sandy beaches, it’s a shame that it will soon all be gone.
- Taj Mahal, India
For many years, the Taj Mahal in India has been a place where people make pilgrimages to, and where couples have been married. It’s India’s crown jewel, complete with a rich history, as well as being one of the most iconic structures ever built. Sadly, the building’s foundations are sinking into the Yamuna River. There are talks of possibly closing it off to the public to further protect it. In which case, the only way to see it would be from afar. But if efforts to preserve it work, at least it will still be there.
- The Everglades, Florida
The Everglades in Florida are a 2.5 million acre piece of land filled with swamps, savannas, and mangroves. It’s actually the only place in the entire world where alligators and crocodiles coexist. The tragedy of this is that only a fifth of it is protected by a national park, so the region is only half the size it used to be back in 1900. Pollution, infrastructure development, and newly introduced species to the region is all contributing to its decay. Because of this, the Everglades are home to many endangered species. One day, it could be gone forever.
- The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is the largest man-made structure on earth and was originally built to protect China from invaders 2,000 years ago. Over the years, though, the wall has eroded and been reduced to ruin. Bricks have been looted from it for years, and over-farming has also contributed to its terrible state. There’s a well-preserved section of it that was made in the 14th to 17th centuries, but there is no telling how much longer it will stand.
- The Congo Basin, Africa
The world’s largest rainforest is the Congo Basin, which is over 300,000 square miles. But for all the plants and animals that call this place home, over two million acres of it are gone each year, to illegal logging, ranching, mining, and civil warfare in the region. There are many endangered species here that are at high risk of losing their home, which would make them all go completely extinct.
- The Dead Sea, Israel
This beautiful lake is widely known for its rich history. It’s full of saline and is the saltiest spot on earth. But that also means it’s very buoyant, which makes it a popular spot for swimmers. It feeds the Jordan River and is an area where a lot of health is researched. But the last forty years have deteriorated it badly. Mineral mining done by farmers and cosmetic companies drains it of all its resources. Already, a third of its contents are gone and sinkholes have appeared where the water is gone, which dissolves salt from the land. It won’t last much longer.
Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa is the highest mountain in the continent. It’s a beauty, one of the most stunning places to visit in Africa and a popular destination for climbers, especially those who wish to visit its ice fields. But ice has stopped collecting on it since the year 2000 and since then, snow and ice has actually been receding since the year 1912. It’s predicted that no glaciers on it will survive through the next fifteen years.
Madagascar is a huge island off the east coast of Africa. It’s the only place where you can find the cute endemic lemurs in the world. But fires and deforestation are deteriorating this beautiful wilderness. Now, it’s only ten percent of its original size.