10 Places You Should Visit Before They Vanish
Earth is decorated with a wide variety of fauna, sites, and historical monuments, but because of climate change and human recklessness, many of the world's most prized assets are in danger of disappearing in the next 100 years if we don't act fast and curb the way we live our day to day lives.
So read on below as we take you through some of the world's most threatened natural wonders, from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the awe-inspiring bemouth of the Glacier National Park.
1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Officially the largest coral reef in the world at 133,000 sq miles (344,400 sq km), the wonderous aquatic delight draws millions of tourists Down Under each year, yet delve deeper into the history of the popular attraction, and you'll discover that it isn't quite what it was.
Worryingly, the environmental challenges the hotspot attracts range from rising ocean temperatures to mass levels of rubbish and pollution, meaning this beloved wonder could be completely wiped out within the next 100 years.
2. Venice, Italy
The fabled and romantic tour de force that is Venice is certainly one of Italy's most popular tourist destinations, but that may not be the case in the intervening decades. With its idyllic canals, fairytale gondolas and mythical townhouses, Venice is certainly a magical place, but even magic won't stop it from ruin.
Not only are the canals incredibly dirty and polluted, but rising sea levels and an alarming number of floods within Northern Italy could make Venice all but a distant memory for future generations if something isn't done soon.
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If the Maldives were a child, it would be the most spoiled on Earth; such is the beauty strewn across the 1,000 islands. Of those, 200 are inhabited, but you are guaranteed to see the same sights wherever you go. Coral reefs, pale sands, turquoise waters. The views are priceless, and the sunsets are no exception as burning oranges and hazy purples mix to create colors that wouldn't look out of place on a Van Gogh canvas. However, these other-worldly sights are under threat, and if we don't act soon, the Maldives will no longer be the tropical destination we all know and love.
Owing to it being the lowest-lying country on Earth –It has an average elevation of just five feet above sea level –this phantasmagorical island paradise could be entirely submerged by water within the next 100 years if sea levels don't fall. So severe has the risk become to the people of the country that the Maldivian government has bought land in other countries for citizens who find themselves displaced by the rising sea levels.
If The Maldives is the most beautiful place on Earth, then the Seychelles comes a close second. Spanning 115 islands, this idyllic paradise is just as in danger of disappearing due to beach erosion.
Unfortunately, the Seychelles has already seen a once-majestic coral die-off, and in the next 50 to 100 years, scientists believe that the entire archipelago could sink.
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