8 Places To Visit Before They Disappear
Probably, you must have heard this during your school days that the earth is a beautiful place, its resources are limited and we need to conserve them. And in the recent past, you must have been bombarded with that one word ‘global warming’. Do you know what hints these two words ‘conservation’ and ‘global warming’ give? They are indicating the fact that there are places in the world which need to be conserved before global warming ruins them. These places need your attention not just because they need to be preserved but also because you need to see them at least once in life or else they might disappear. Perhaps, you are lucky you still have the time to see them, your grandchildren may not even have that choice. Mentioned below are 8 such places to see before they disappear.
Maldives is a beautiful country with numerous coral reefs and aquatic animals that are worth exploring. Its islands are merely 8 feet above sea level. If ice starts melting and sea level starts rising due to global warming, then probably this exotic country might disappear and you would only be left with regret for not having visited it even once.
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2. Ranthambore National Park
Located in Rajasthan, India, Ranthambore National Park is home to wild tigers. You need to visit this place before this wild feline goes extinct. Did you know, currently the number of wild tigers in the world has come down to 3200? In India alone, there were 100,000 tigers until circa 1900. In the last two centuries, this figure has reduced up to 1/10th. Before it goes to zero, visit Ranthambore and meet the big cat.
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Dubbed as the city of canals, Venice rests upon 118 small islands which may sink as climatic changes hit the region. In the recent past, Venice has experienced several floods that have drowned the city up to almost 131 centimeters. Known to the world as a honeymooners' paradise, Venice might vanish from the atlas if global warming continues to create havoc on earth.
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4. The Alps
The skiing location for thousands of Europeans and other international travelers, the Alps are located at a lower altitude than the Rocky mountains. This poses a danger to the Alps, its glaciers and its ski resorts because global warming can make them melt faster than the other snow clad mountains. Research reveals, the glaciers in the Alps might disappear by circa 2050.
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5. Western Hudson Bay
The Western Hudson Bay is known for the polar bears who survive on the seals that lie below the ice. The bay is said to be covered with ice almost until late spring. However, since the last 40 years, this time span is reducing by almost 3 weeks. It's estimated that the ice might stay back only for half a year in the near future, reducing your chances of seeing polar bears. So, head to the Western Hudson Bay before it disappears.
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Olympia in Greece is supposed to be the place where the world's first Olympic Games took place in circa 776 BC. Since the past few decades, summer temperatures are increasing to such an extent in this place that there have been several instances of wildfire which have been destroying Olympia's natural beauty. Rush to this place and see it before "the place where the first Olympics took place" vanishes from the map.
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7. The Pyramids of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza stand testimony to the prosperity and power that the Egyptians possessed. They outline the rich history of our ancestors. But, their present says, they are heading towards deterioration.
Firstly, it is the excess flourishing of tourism in the environs and the pollution caused due to the thriving city of Cairo that are responsible for ruining the face of the pyramids. Secondly, it's the poor locals who steal tiny pieces of these pyramids to sell them to foreigners as souvenirs. You get the message, right?
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8. The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is soon going to go dead and vanish from the earth, if proper care is not taken. The Dead Sea boasts 10 times more saline than normal seawater. As a result, it is a very good source of minerals and potash which are ideal for therapeutic and cosmetic use. Hence, the Dead Sea is sapped of its resources by cosmetic companies. As a result, the Dead Sea is shrinking and that too at such a pace that it is estimated that it would disappear in the next few decades.
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