Do you love places to visit before they disappear from Earth? Do you know, we may be the last generation to see some of the Earth’s most treasured places? The reasons are many like desertification, torrential monsoons or melting glaciers etc. Hence the fact is that environment is changing rapidly and this is resulting in rising sea levels, air pollution and deforestation to name few. This change is rapidly eating away some of the most cherished destination on planet Earth. So, some the beautiful place that you know now is not going to stay around for long. Here is the list of top 10 places to visit before they disappear.
10. Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Québec
This is an idyllic island getaway that exists in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Its white sand beaches and sandstone cliffs are gradually eroding. Strong winds have always been an inseparable part of the islands life and makes a perfect destination for kite surfing. Last year the Canadian Geographic reported that due to high concentration of sea ice and destructive storms, the archipelago’s shores are gradually disappearing. It is estimated that between the year 2050 and 2090 the protective ice will be gone. Presently from four to 43 inches of coast are lost each year. Also at time the strong and intense storm can destroy up to three feet along cliffs.
9. The Maldives
The Maldives is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean and is one of the lowest country on the Earth. It has an average elevation of just five feet above the sea level. The country comprises of coral islands and reefs that spread over 56,000 square miles. This makes the country surfing and diving paradise with the fact that country is more ocean than land. Given a fact that if sea continues to rise courtesy climate change, one day Maldives would completely submerged in the sea and it is actually estimated to happen so within next 100 years.
8. The Congo Basin
At the 7th of top places to visit before they disappear, we have the world’s second-largest Tropical rainforests of Congo Basin that produces 40 percent of the world’s oxygen. It also serves as an important source of food, medicine and minerals. It is spread over more than 1.3 million square miles, extending across six nations. As per the report of the UN, two-thirds of the forest including its unique plants and wildlife will be lost by 2040 if effective measures are not taken to protect it. Ten million acres of forest is lost every year courtesy farming, ranching, mining, illegal logging and guerilla warfare.
7. The Karnali River, Nepal
The river originates from the Tibetan plateau and makes its way through Himalayas to India. The 315-mile long Karnali River is Nepal’s longest and wildest river. The river is good for serious floaters and is a premium destination for multiday rafting trips. The river features clear water and consistent flow. Unfortunately the abundance of water and its fast flow makes the river best prospect for hydropower development. The Nepali government is looking out for investors and financiers for a large dam project. The dam produceS electricity to export in China and India. So that means the dam is going to come at the expense of world-class whitewater.
6. The Mongolian Steppe
Mongolia is known for its vast grassland plains which are surrounded by mountains and deserts. It is the most sparsely populated country in the world. Its legendary steppe of Genghis and the Kublai Khan are not going to remain untrammeled for long. Mineral explorations are posing threat to the age-old nomadic way of life. Boosted by the mining boom, the country’s economy grew by 17.5 percent in the year 2011. The economic trend is going to stay through 2030 as per Citigroup Global Markets. This means the great wide open spaces of Mongolia is shrinking sharply.
5. Glacier National Park
Montana’s Glacier National Park had 150 glaciers in the year 1850, now it has come down to barely 25. As per the Glacier recession models, in next about 15 years none will be there. The National Park retains all of its plant and animal species. However this is going to change along with the ecosystem when the glacier-fed cold water is gone. Do visit it.
4. The Ecuadorean Amazon
In the deep jungle of Amazon somewhere at the headwaters lie one of the most isolated ethnic groups of the world. The Huaorani, as they are called, are the indigenous people who have come in contact of the rest of the civilized world since the mid 20th century. They continue to harvest jungle and hunt in a similar fashion as they have been doing thousands of years back. Unfortunately the oil interest has crept into this region and has put the entire pristine environment, at risk. Hence the development is coming fast which is the bad news for both the Huaorani and the myriad birds and other animals that call this place their home.
3. The Athabasca Glacier, Canada
Alberta’s Athabasca Glacier is the most visited glacier in North America because it is conveniently located just off the Highway 93. It spills down from Columbia Ice Field which is the largest ice field in Canadian Rockies. Its visibility and popularity is affecting it adversely. The glacier has been melting for about past 125 years now and has lost almost half of its volume.
2. The Galápagos Islands
This is an active volcanic islands and many species found here including marine iguanas and giant tortoise are not available else were on the earth. The place is reputed for its sheer number of endemic species that inhabit at Galápagos Islands. More than 100,000 tourists visit Galápagos Islands each year. The tourism is growing at 12 percent rate year on year and so the demand for infrastructure is increasing, which means this isolated island is not going to remain same forever.
1. The Dead Sea
This is the top of all places to visit before they disappear, it is the saltiest water bodies on earth. The Dead Sea is the world’s original health resort. Historically Herod the Great and Cleopatra took dips in this mineral-rich water. The sea relieves many ailments ranging from psoriasis to osteoarthritis. In past 40 years the lake has shrunk by 30 percent. This is majorly because of the surrounding countries that are tapping the river Jordan. At this alarming given rate the Dead Sea will be gone in next 50 years.