Our Earth is home to some incredibly beautiful destinations. But unfortunately, some of the most stunning natural sites and iconic man-made structures are in danger of disappearing because of climatic changes and human carelessness.
Let’s look at the top 10 such destinations which are on the verge of extinction.
Renowned for being the lowest nation in the world, over 80 percent of the 1,200 islands are less than one meter above sea level. This beautiful island, is slowly sinking because of global warming. Some scientists predict that within 100 years, it will be completely submerged.
2. The Great wall of China
Natural erosion, over-farming and the selling of bricks with historic engravings on them have led to the damage. It is believed that nearly two-thirds of the Great Wall of China is already destroyed.
The Italian city, known as one of the most romantic city in the world thanks to its charming canals. The city has long been sinking, and severe floods have recently become more common causing a threat to this beautiful city.
4. Taj Mahal
This iconic monument has been facing years of pollution and erosion that some experts believe could eventually lead to destruction of its beautiful marble.
5. Great Barrier Reef
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has suffered damages due to both rising temperatures and increased acid pollution, leading its famed vibrant corals to turn white. A recent study revealed that as much as 93% of the reef suffers from some level of bleaching
6. Amazon Rainforest
At an impressive 2.1 million square miles, Brazil’s Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world. It’s home to the world’s most diverse species population, but expansion of agriculture is leading to the destruction of this rainforest.
7. The Alps
The European Alps sit at a lower altitude than the Rocky Mountains, and their glaciers and ski resorts are more susceptible to the effects of global warming. The famed glaciers are predicted to disappear by 2050; on an average, about three percent of the ice is lost each year.
8. The Grand Canyon
Listed as one of the 11 most endangered historic places in the US by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It earned a spot on the list due to increased development projects, which range from uranium mining to tourist resorts. These could lead to the destruction of significant portions of the Grand Canyon and its main water source, the Colorado River.
The half-built city of Petra is one of Jordan’s major tourist attractions, but the famous archaeological site has been receding in the last century due to a combination of wind, rain, and the constant touching of its walls by tourists.
10. Glacier National Park
This Park is a paradise for hikers and those seeking up-close encounters with nature. A little more than 100 years ago, there were as many as 150 glaciers in this Park. By 2010, only 25 remained, and those are also expected to disappear in next 15-20 years.
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