There are lot of beautiful places on our home planet Earth. However, as the age of man evolves and industrial world takes over natural world slowly crumbles. Here are Top 5 Places to See Before They’re Gone.
Tourism is increasing at 12% per year. Hotels, restaurants, and more motor vehicles are taking away from the natural beauty of the once isolated islands. Workers smuggling animals to the islands that compete with the local wildlife for food, and cruise ships that bring rats to the island are also contributing to the declination of the natural wonders of the Galapagos.
Galapagos Islands facts: Over 3/4 of the reptiles and land birds are endemic. Nearly 9,000 species call the islands and their surrounding waters home.
2. The Maldives
The Maldives is the world’s lowest nation. Since 80% of its 1,200 islands are no more than 1m above sea level, within 100 years the Maldives could become uninhabitable. It is so serious that in 2008, the President announced the government would start buying land in other countries, including India, for future homes for citizens displaced by rising waters. Reasons why The Maldives is on our top 5 Places to See Before They’re Gone.
The Maldives Facts: Smallest Asian country in population and land are. 90% of the coral reefs lost to coral bleaching. 1,200 Islands total. 80% of the land (960 islands) less than 3.3 feet above sea level (1m).
3. Great Barrier Reed
Rising ocean temperatures, water pollution, ocean acidification, and cyclones continually destroy the reef and have caused mass coral bleaching. It is estimated that 60% of the world’s coral reefs will be lost by 2030. 8,000 years of natural creation could disappear within our lifetimes.
Great Barrier Reef Facts: World’s largest coral reef. Covers an area of 347,800 sq km (134,286 sq ml), which is more than the size of (Holland, Switzerland, and The United Kingdom). Only living thing on EARTH VISIBLE from space. 350 species of coral. Contains over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays. The Australian Greenhouse Office report predicts that by 2070 temperatures could increase as much as 6.0C (42.8F)
Venice has long been sinking, but rising sea levels have made the situation more dramatic. The frequency of floods increased each year, leaving many to wonder how much longer Venice can stay above water. tourism is also a contributing factor. In 2007, 21 million tourists visited Venice (almost 40 times the size of its population).
Venice Facts: Floods are getting more severe. Sunk by 9 inches in last 100 years. Natural subsidence of the Venice lagoon 1-1.5mm/year.
5. The Dead Sea
In the last four decades, the salty lake has shrunk by a third and sunk 80 feet, stranding formerly seaside resorts and restaurants nearly a mile from shore. The Jordan River is the lake’s sole source and, as surrounding countries increasingly tap its waters, little reaches the Dead Sea, which could dissapear within 50 years.
Facts about the Dead Sea: World’s saltiest body of water. A density of 1.24 Kg/L makes swimming similar to floating. Water level drops 4 ft. per year. Last 40 years shrunk by 1/3 (13 inches per year). Lowest place on earth 1,388 feet below sea level. X10 times more salty than the ocean.
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