There are many beautiful places on Earth. Some of these beautiful places could be gone due to climate change or human negligence in the next 100 years, or sooner. These are just a few of the natural wonders you should see, from the African basin of Congo to the glaciers in Patagonia.
The Seychelles, a popular spot for honeymooners and paradise-seekers, are rapidly disappearing from beaches erosion. They may disappear completely in the next 50-100 years.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The beautiful snow that adorns Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania may soon be gone. The Kilimanjaro Ice Sheet shrank by an amazing 85% between 1912 and 2007.
Mirador Basin, Guatemala and Tikal National Park.
The mysterious remains of the Mayan civilization can be found in the Mirador basin of Guatemala and Tikal National Park of Guatemala. This marvel of history could be destroyed by illegal looting or burning forests.
The Sundarbans of India, Bangladesh and India
Sundarbans are home to about 6,500 km water and land in Ganges Delta. The largest mangrove forest area in the world is found here. These forests are home to many endangered species like tigers. The area is seeing rapid rises in sea levels due to deforestation, pollution, and the use of fossil fuels, which is eroding its stunning coastlines.
The glaciers of Patagonia (Argentina)
Patagonia’s glaciers are one of the most stunning tourist attractions in the world. But, the rains and higher temperatures are making these marvels melt.
Zahara de la Sierra, Spain
The province of Cadiz is nestled in the Andalusian Mountains in southern Spain. Zahara de la Sierra, which is home to wildlife and vegetation, is suffering from rising temperatures and fewer rains.
North Carolina, The Outer Banks
The Outer Banks of North Carolina are eroding their borderlands, putting at risk the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which dates back 1870.
Forests of Madagascar
Fires and massive deforestation are likely to cause the forest disappearance of Madagascar’s forests within 35 years.
Glacier National Park, Montana
From 150 to 25 glaciers, Montana’s Glacier National Park now has less than 25. They could disappear entirely in 15 years.
Gondola rides are a great way to get around Venice before it sinks. The city of canals is also being destroyed by the most recent floods.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Millions of tourists visit the Inca Empire’s ruins each year. This is far more than the limit of 2,500 visitors per day set by UNESCO or Peru. Many fear that the combination of erosion and natural landslides could lead to the ruin’s collapse.
The Galapagos Islands
Excessive tourism and foreign species pose a threat to ecosystems and the unique native species of Galapagos Islands (an island group off Ecuador’s coast).
The Congo Basin in Africa
The Congo Basin of Africa is the second-largest rainforest in the world. It also has one of the richest biodiverse areas on the planet, with over 10,000 species of plants and more than 1,000 species of birds. There are also 400 species of mammals. The UN estimates that by 2040, two-thirds (including its wildlife and plants) of its forests could have been completely destroyed.
The Dead Sea
Over the past 40 year, the Dead Sea, bordering Israel and Jordan, has shrunk by 25 meters and lost a quarter of its size. The sea could disappear entirely if the surrounding countries continue to use water from the Jordan River, the only one that releases its water into it.
Florida Everglades National Park
The Florida Everglades National Park has been deemed the most endangered in the United States. The problem is caused by excessive water, new species, and urban development.
Europe, The Alps
Bad news for winter sports enthusiasts and hikers: The Alps are at a lower elevation than other mountain ranges like the Rocky Mountains, which means that climate change is having a strong impact on them. The European mountain range is losing around 3% of its glacial glacier each year. This means there will be no glaciers by 2050.
Tuvalu, a tiny Polynesian nation located in the Pacific Ocean between Australia & Hawaii, is made up nine islands. Because their elevation is only 4.5 metres above sea level, the islands could be submerged by the surrounding water.
The Taj Mahal, India
Although the Taj Mahal is a landmark building, experts worry that it may collapse from erosion and pollution.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef. It has seen its size drop by more than half due to rising temperatures in the last 30 years. Scientists are concerned about coral bleaching due to acid pollution, which could lead to the destruction of reefs by 2030.
Pyramids of Egypt
Pollution is causing erosion to the Great Sphinx and pyramids of Egypt. The possibility of their collapse is possible as the contamination from sewage weakens the plates they are built on.
The Brazilian Amazon, which covers 5.5 million km2, is the world’s largest rainforest. The rainforest is home to some of the most diverse species on the planet, but it could be destroyed by the expansion of agriculture.
The Great Wall of China
Although the Great Wall of China has been around for over 2,000 years, recent agricultural expansions have caused damage to or destroyed nearly two-thirds of it. It could be in ruins due erosion in as little 20 years.
Climate change is slowly causing the Maldives to sink, an Indian Ocean island nation. Scientists predict that they will sink completely within 100 years.
Mali’s Mosques of Timbuktu
The mosques of Timbuktu, made mainly from mud, date back to the 14th-16th century and were declared a World Heritage Site (UNESCO). They are vulnerable to the weather and rain that could destroy them.
Big Sur, California
California’s Big Sur is a great place to observe whales close up. However, recent droughts and wildfires have significantly reduced the coastline, which means that there are fewer whales in the area every year.