Our planet has many wonderful places that delight us with their appearance. Some of them are natural works of Mother Nature, while others are the product of our own civilization. Not all of them, however, will be available for us to enjoy for a long time.
Changes in climate, ever increasing environmental pollution, and even waves of tourists make it so that we have less and less time to visit some parts of our globe. Here are places worth visiting, while they are still there.
The Dead Sea
We have all heard about this body of water nestled between the borders of Jordan and Israel. It is not only the place where we can find the deepest depression in the world, but also a popular tourist attraction. Many people are drawn there by this place’s salinity, which is so great that it allows people to float on the water, even those people who do not know how to swim. Unfortunately, the Dead Sea is disappearing. Over the last 50 years, the water level has dropped by 25 meters. This is also caused by human activity. Unless we are able to stop the water level from dropping any further, the Dead Sea will dry up completely. We will lose not only the ability to admire this miracle of nature, but also the use of its properties. The water from the Dead Sea helps in the treatment of many skin conditions.
Great Barrier Reef
This is another natural wonder that attracts thousands of people every year that want to dive into this underwater world and be able to admire the world’s largest coral reef. Unfortunately, this amazing organism is dying, and with it hundreds of species of fish and marine animals. Why is this happening? We can place the blame on high temperatures. They, combined with water pollution, contribute to coral bleaching and their death. Scientists predict that the Australian Great Barrier Reef may completely disappear by the year 2030.
Another place that may disappear are the picturesque Seychelles. Their problem is also connected with rising temperatures and the death of coral reefs. In this place, the reefs are the protection of the island. When the corals disappear, erosion of the beaches will begin and the water level will rise. Researchers estimate that this process will take between 50 and 100 years. Then the Seychelles will simply disappear from the map of our world.
The wonderful city on the water is also struggling with problems that can eventually contribute to the complete flooding of this picturesque place. Nowadays, all it takes is a larger downpour for a greater part of the city, including its main historical sights, to be flooded with water. This process is intensifying. In 1900, St. Mark’s Square was flooded only 10 times, whereas a hundred years later this number is up to 60 times. In the next 70 years, the city may find itself under sea level. It may be worth it to go there now, while the city is still tempting us with its beauty.
This magnificent mausoleum, one of the seven wonders of the world and one of the most popular tourist attractions in India, must also fight for its survival. The building is being devastated. The impact is primarily cause by the development of industry and the rise of automobiles and, consequently, pollution. The sheer number of tourists visiting the building every day is also very significant. The danger is so great that UNESCO is contemplating about the closure of the mausoleum for tourists. Another problem is also the decreasing level of the Yamuna River, which runs right next to the mausoleum – the wood in its foundations must remain moist to prevent collapse.
Pyramids of Egypt
Their existence is being threatened by both the natural course of things and by human activity. At the present moment, the foundations of the Egyptian pyramids are being increasingly weakened. It is erosion resulting from environmental pollution that is causing the legendary tombs of the great pharaohs to sway in their foundations. To protect them, horse and camel tours have already been banned. Still, tourists can touch the blocks that make up the sides and even try to climb the pyramids, which further worsens their condition. We also cannot exclude the possibility that sooner or later they may become victims of a terrorist attack and will be destroyed.