Every year we are losing places that were prime tourist attractions. Global warming and pollution have caused damages to some of the most beautiful places in the world. As a result, many of these places may cease to exist in our lifetimes. So today we will list down 10 such places which you need to visit in 2016.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great barrier reef is the largest coral reef in the world and covers more than 344,000 sq. km. It is also the only living on Earth, which can be seen from space. It has been hailed as one of the wonders of the world. Due to rising ocean temperatures the corals are getting bleached and may cease to exist in the next 30 years. Also the increasing pollution of the nearby ocean and the runoff from coastal areas poses a great danger to the ecosystem.
The Galapagos Islands consist of a group of around 20 islands. This was the place which inspired Charles Darwin to postulate the theory of evolution by natural selection. The islands have a unique ecosystem and are home to a variety of plant and animal life that are not found anywhere else. The animals introduced by visitors are wreaking havoc on the ecosystem leading to extinction of many species. Also the El Nino and La Nina current systems which are responsible for the diverse ecosystems are being affected due to global warming.
The Dead Sea is one of the saltiest water bodies on Earth and has been a tourist attraction for thousands of years. Due to the high levels of salinity one can float on the water without trying to swim. The Dead Sea has been drying up due to the diversion of the River Jordan’s water by nearby countries. It has already shrunk by a third in the last 40 years and may soon be gone altogether.
Venice is considered to be one of the most beautiful and romantic places on the planet. The Venetian canal system and people traveling by gondolas is instantly recognizable. But Venice has been sinking with each passing year. The buildings were made in a marshland area and were sinking due to their weight. The increase in sea levels has made the problem worse. More than 50,000 people visit Venice each day and soon the government may have to stop the tourist visits to protect the historic city.
The Amazon rainforests are the largest rainforests in the world. But in the last few years due to widespread deforestation and poaching the wildlife is being reduced at an alarming rate.
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is one of the wonders of the world, but has most of it is in a state of decay due to the passage of time and erosion by the elements.
The Sundarbans are the largest mangrove forest in the world. It is also the largest reserve for the royal Bengal tiger. Due to poaching of these majestic creatures, their numbers are dwindling.
The Taj Mahal is a monument to love and one of the most beautiful monuments in the world. But pollution and acid rains pose a big threat to the structure with some suggestions to stop tourist trips altogether.
The Alps are a scenic mountain range and have some of the finest skiing resorts in the world. But due to global warming, the ice caps have shrunk and soon the ice caps may melt completely.
Madagascar and Seychelles
Madagascar and Seychelles are in grave danger because of rising sea levels. Both places are low lying and the beaches are being eaten away by the rising ocean.
In Conclusion, for anyone who loves to travel, these places are a must visit. We would suggest visiting these places as soon as possible. With each passing year, the deterioration of these places is increasing and many of them may not be open to tourist for long. So pack your bags and try to cover as many of these places as you can before they are gone.