25 Places That Will Soon Disappear From The Face Of The Earth
The world is absolutely majestic, and there are many wonders all over the globe really make us question how such beauty is possible. However, climate change and mankind’s negligence could one day take away everything we hold dear. Some of the most amazing places on the planet could disappear in the next 100 years. Are you a big traveler? You might want to become one after this. Let’s discover more!
25. THE CITY OF PETRA (THE ROSE CITY)
This amazing city lies among the mountains of the Arabah valley, which goes from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. It’s believed to be one of the oldest cities in the world, founded around 9,000 BC, and it might have been the capital city of the Nabatean Kingdom in the 4th century.
It’s most famous for the carvings of building on the side of the mountains. People call it the “Rose City” due to the colors of the stones. Unfortunately, this amazing archaeological spot is getting damaged due to erosion and saltwater.
24. THE SEYCHELLES
These gorgeous 115 islands are part of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, on the coast of Madagascar, east of Africa. There are coral reefs and nature reserves with animals such as the Aldabra tortoise that don’t exist anywhere else. Its capital Victoria is located in Mahé, and also features the Morne Seychellois National Park as the popular beaches Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka.
It’s the perfect honeymoon destination or for travelers that enjoy sunny landscapes. Unfortunately, these places are suffering from beach erosions, and they could end up disappearing in the less than a century.
23. MOUNT KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA
The tallest mountain in Africa has three volcanic cones called Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, but luckily, the volcano is dormant. It is 4,900 meters from the base, and the first people to reach the top – at least, according to records – were Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889.
It is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park, and many tourists climb it every year. Furthermore, many searches and studies have been conducted in the area because it has been shrinking. The beautiful icy mountain top might not be there in the future as it shrank 85% from 1912 to 2007.
22. THE MIRADOR BASIN AND TIKAL NATIONAL PARK, GUATEMALA
The Tikal National Park is located in northern Guatemala and known as the center of pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is part of the El Petén department, and in 1979, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Meanwhile, the Mirador Basin is also part of El Petén, and it’s a geological depression in the rainforest of Guatemala. The sad part is that these places are getting damaged due to too much tourism, looting, and fires.
21. THE SUNDARBANS, INDIA AND BANGLADESH
This location is a mangrove mixture of water and land in the Bay of Bengal thanks to the convergence of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna Rivers. It is also the home of one of the biggest forests in the world, which house several endangered animals like tigers.
Obviously, deforestation is a huge problem in the area, but pollution and human’s greed for fossil fuels are also playing a big role in its destruction. The sea levels have risen considerably, causing erosion in the coastlines.
20. PATAGONIA'S GLACIERS, ARGENTINA
Also known as the Patagonian Ice Fields, these amazing landscapes are the largest concentration of extrapolar ice in the world. They are located in the Southern parts of the Andes Mountain Range in Argentina and Chile.
The glaciers are some of the most visited places in the world, but due to less rainfall and higher temperatures, the ice is melting rapidly just like Kilimanjaro.
19. ZAHARA DE LA SIERRA, SPAIN
This location is part of the province of Cádiz in Andalusia, south of Spain. It sits on top of a mountain with a view of an amazing valley as well as a man-made lake. The water comes from a dam that everyone sees while entering the town.
Regrettably, this wonderful paradise is losing most of its wildlife and flora because of rising temperatures. Furthermore, there have been fewer rainfalls in the past years.
18. THE OUTER BANKS, NORTH CAROLINA
These are several barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, right between mainland U.S. and the Atlantic Ocean. They are a popular tourist destination thanks to beaches, state parks, and shipwreck diving locals.
Additionally, Roanoke Island was one of the first settlement by the English in the New World, led by Sir Walter Raleigh. Sadly, the shores of these islands are eroding the land, and places like the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, from 1870, could end up disappearing.
17. MADAGASCAR'S FORESTS
The island’s dry forests are part of the main ecoregion, located in the western and northern parts. There are many prevalent plants and animals such as the lemur. Sadly, they have a huge problem with deforestation.
People have created places for agriculture, but it has led to desertification, water degradation, erosion, and soil loss. Some studies say that in another 35 years, those forests will be completely gone also due to fires.
16. GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA
This location is part of the Rocky Mountains and features ice-covered peaks, and valley that border Canada. It is also a popular hiking spot, and a great for taking pictures is the Hidden Lake. All kinds of camping happen there, and there many animals such as goats and grizzly bears living in the area.
Just like the Patagonian glaciers and Kilimanjaro, the ice in the park has shrunk considerably. From 150, there are only 25 glaciers or less. It’s predicted that in 15 years, there won’t be any left.
15. VENICE, ITALY
The capital of Italy’s Veneto is situated on 100 small islands in a lagoon of the Adriatic Sea. Instead of roads, it features canals such as the Grand Canal Thoroughfare. The Piazza San Marco has the St. Mark’s Basilica with Byzantine mosaics that any tourist has to see during their visits.
However, people might need to hurry if they want to experience a gondola ride because Venice is actually sinking. There are have been several intense floods in the last years, which have destroyed some of the city’s canals.
14. MACHU PICCHU, PERU
This citadel is part of the ruins of the Incan Empire located in the Andes Mountains of Peru, over the Urubamba River valley. It was created in the 15th century, but abandoned shortly. The mysterious buildings are architectural marvels as well as smartly placed.
Naturally, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, but UNESCO and Peru had originally set a limit of 2,500 visitors per day. Unfortunately, the number is allegedly far above that, and as a result, the ruins could end up collapsing.
13. THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
This volcanic archipelago is located in the Pacific Ocean, and it’s one of the best places for animal watchers. It is also a province of Ecuador, almost 1,000 km of the coast, but its wide recognition comes from the studies of Charles Darwin in 1835, which inspired the theory of evolution.
There are several reasons why this island might disappear soon, but the most important as too many tourists and the presence of species that do not belong there.
12. THE CONGO BASIN, AFRICA
This sedimentary basin is located in the Congo River in Central Africa. Sometimes, they just call it the Congo. It was originally the watershed of the river where the pygmy people lived, but the Bantu moved there and created the Kingdom of Kongo. Of course, the Europeans later controlled.
It features the world’s second largest rainforest with thousands of different plant and animal species to discover. But according to the UN, more than half the forest, as well as its wildlife, could vanish by 2040.
11. THE DEAD SEA
This salt lake is located between Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank, and it is the main arm of the Jordan River. Also, the Dead Sea’s shores are situated 430.5 meters below sea level, which makes the lowest elevation on land.
Sadly, it could get even lower because it has sunk 80 feet in the 40 years, due to the use of water from the Jordan River, which is the only source of water for the Dead Sea. Some predict that it might be gone in 50 years.
10. THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES
This national park is located on the southern part of Florida in the U.S. and made of coastal mangroves and pine flatwoods that house many different species. Some of them include the endangered leatherback turtle, the panther, and the manatee.
It has been said that this is the most susceptible park in American, and the reasons are too much water, many new animals, and human construction.
9. THE ALPS, EUROPE
The Alps is the largest mountain range in Europe, and it separates the South from Central and Western Europe. It extends around 1,200 kilometers in eight countries including Italy, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Austria, France, Switzerland, Germany, and Slovenia.
They are beautiful places for hikers, but climate change affects them gravely due to their lower altitude. It has been losing about 3% of its glaciers every year, which could result in a complete lack of ice by 2050.
These nine islands in the South Pacific is part of the British Commonwealth and located between Australia and Hawaii. They feature several atolls and reef islands as well as beaches and World War II places. Tourists can dive in the peaceful waters next to sea turtles and fish.
Unfortunately, the Polynesian nation is currently in danger due to the rise sea levels as they are completely surrounded by water. It is also because they do not have high altitude, going just about 15 feet over the sea.
7. THE TAJ MAHAL, INDIA
This marble wonder is located on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in Agra, India. It was created by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in 1932, as a gift to one of his wives, Mumtaz Mahal. His tomb lies within its walls.
It is one of the most famous sites in the globe, but some people have said that the building could fall completely due to erosion and pollution.
6. THE GREAT BARRIER REEF, AUSTRALIA
This site has the largest coral reefs in the world with more than 2,900 individual ones and 900 islands covering more than 344,400 kilometers in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.
Sadly, it has greatly decreased over the last 30 years, mainly due to high temperatures and coral bleaching. The latter is caused by acid pollution, and several researchers believe that it be wiped out by 2030.
5. THE PYRAMIDS, EGYPT
These amazing structures are located in the desert of Egypt, and there are more than 100 different ones found all over. They were originally built as the tombs of pharaohs and their spouses during the Old and Middle Kingdoms.
Sadly, along with the Great Sphinx, these buildings are suffering from erosion due to pollution. Sewage systems have weakened their bases, and many experts think that it could their collapse.
4. THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA
This structure is the collection of several defense systems mostly built in the northern borders of China. They were designed to establish territories as well as protect from other people who sought to face the Chinese empires during history.
It is considered the largest man-made design in the world and has lasted for more than 2,000 years. But, over-farming is a huge issue and more than half of the walls have been damaged as a result. It could be affected by erosion and collapse in the next 20 years.
3. THE MALDIVES
This nation is located in the Indian Ocean and made of 26 atolls and more than 1,000 coral islands. It’s also a great honeymoon spot with its gorgeous beaches, lagoons, and reefs. The capital city of Malé has one of the fish markets as well as restaurants and shopping spots.
Just like other islands on this, the Maldives are sinking due to climate change, and some people think that they could be entirely underwater in the next 100 years.
2. MOSQUES OF TIMBUKTU, MALI
Timbuktu is a city in Mali, north of the Niger River. One of their most impressive tourist spots are the three great mosques Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia from the golden age. They are also considered one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
Furthermore, according to that organization, these structures are in danger of desertification, although they are often renovated. The temperatures and heavy rainfalls play a huge part in their damage.
1. BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA
This stretch of land is located between Carmel and San Simeon in California. It bordered by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, which makes for an amazing coastline view with seaside cliffs. It’s a great spot for camping.
Also, people go there to whale watch, but sadly, the droughts and the wildfires have severely affected the coasts. It has become harder to see sea animals every year.
It’s time to take a look at the destruction our greediness has caused and save the planet. Let us know if you have already visited any of these places. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who enjoy discovering new things. See you next time!