Top 7 Places You Need To Visit Before They Disappear
The majority of the regular travellers or travel aficionados wander offer to different places to explore the unexplored. There is no doubt you may have explored some of the best places and have a non-stop desire to travel, did you ever heard about “Doom Tourism”? The word means travelling to threatened destinations. There are so many places, on this planet, which are worth visiting and sadly on the brink of being disappearing, thanks to both the global warming and man-made disasters.
Some of the places are so beautiful and it is just unfortunate that in the coming times we won’t be able to see all these places. All these places are endangered owing to climate change, pollution, and constant development. Here are the top 7 places you need to visit before they disappear.
Great Barrier Reef – Australia
Great Barrier Reef is included in the list of the world’s seven natural wonders and it is a World Heritage Site as well. Meanwhile, the rising sea temperature and ocean acidification have become a threat to the existence of this reef. The beautiful and colourful tiny algae living in the coral known as zooxanthellae are responsible for these striking colours and when the conditions undergo a change, these algae leave the area, leading to mass coral bleaching. Around 93% of the reef has been affected by bleaching epidemic. This nature’s wonder will not be here for long as global warming is affecting its ecosystem.
The Dead Sea, Israel
Sadly, it’s an irony that The Dead Sea is finally dying. The sea is known for its high levels of salt and it also has various curative properties. This natural attraction is quite popular amongst the sunseekers and tourists from different parts of the world. Both geological and human factors are responsible for the demise of this sea, where the level of water is going down at a rate of 3 feet per year. If you visit this place, make sure you watch out for the sinkholes, over the last 12 years, near about 1000 have already emerged.
Glacier National Park – Montana (USA)
As the name is self-explanatory, you get to see plenty of glaciers here. Sadly, the park is losing one of the important things for which it is known i.e. glaciers. In the beginning, spreading all over the place, the park used to have 150 glaciers, but now it has come down to 25 only. You read that right, only 25 left out of 150. Scientists said that by 2030, we won’t be able to see any glacier. The park is regularly visited by some of the rare animals including grizzly bears, elk, and mountain goats.
Machu Picchu – Peru
Located high in the Andes mountains, this is a must-visit for all those travellers who want to add an element of excitement to their itinerary. This striking 15th century Inca ruins is known to have an earthy feel to it and this place has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alas, these ruins are in a bad shape now and it is because of the hordes of visitors tromping around and climbing on the site’s structure. If you have plans to visit here, make sure you don’t ruin the ruins.
Taj Mahal – India
Taj Mahal is also one of the seven wonders of the world and undoubtedly a marvellous piece of architecture. Every year, this ivory-white marble mausoleum is visited by 3 to 4 million visitors. It is due to this huge number of tourist influx that is causing the destruction of this building. There are various other factors responsible for its deteriorated condition such as – air pollution, decaying of the wood supporting the structure, and water pollution. As per the experts, we may lose this architectural wonder in the next four to five years.
Patagonian Ice Fields – Argentina
After Greenland and Antarctica, Patagonian Ice Fields have the largest ice fields. The average height is 1500 metres and this place is definitely not for the faint-hearted. If you want to have an unforgettable adventure, then this place will aptly cater to your needs. Ideally, any technical experience is not required but having outdoor experience (especially cold and wilderness experience) will certainly come handy. Unfortunately, this ice field is feeling the effects of global warming and as per the scientists, it is receding at an alarming pace. Scientists have also found that around 90% of the mountain glaciers are melting 100 times faster than any other time in the past three centuries.
Congo Basin – Africa
Located in the West equatorial Africa, Congo Basin is also called The Congo. At 1.3 million square miles, this place is home to the world’s second largest rainforest. The best part is that this rainforest generates 40% of the oxygen on the Earth, along with minerals, food, and medicines for the local inhabitants. As per United Nations, two-third of Congo Basin rainforests will disappear by 2040. Due to illegal logging, guerrilla warfare, mining, and farming, around 10 million acres of forest are lost every year.