10 places to visit before they disappear
They are fine, but nothing lasts forever. Here you can find a place, one per country, created by nature and are unlikely to next generation will catch, at least in its current form.
Whether we are talking about Antarctica, dry desert of the South Pole or on the moving ice of the Arctic Ocean and the Arctic, no one disputes their uniqueness. Unfortunately, global warming gradually causes shrinkage and the melting of ice, which leads to the threat of extinction of some species, such as polar or polar bears and emperor penguins. Certainly far safer to observe the animals at the zoo, but you do realize that this is not the same.
This European mountain range for hundreds of millions of years, and when it was home to many glaciers. Alps known as a popular ski resort, will soon cease to be so much skiing. Things change with the climate. Reducing the amount of snow and ice melting will lead to the fact that the snow may not remain altogether by 2050, and perhaps earlier.
№8: Galapagos Islands
This archipelago of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean is known for its great variety of animal species that Charles Darwin studied in the early 19th century. The main threat to the archipelago are imported plants and animals, devastating the habitat of the indigenous inhabitants. And no matter how strange it may sound, in this article, but the concern is also the rapid development of the tourism industry and the growth of the local population.
Consisting of nearly 1,200 islands of Maldives are not only quite dispersed geographically, but also known for the lowest positioned state. Although the region attracts many tourists for its flora and fauna, beaches and views, Maldives threatens flooding. According to scientists, this country is on the list of candidates for the destruction of the global warming.
№6: Glacier National Park, USA, Montana
Despite the fact that the state of Everglades National Park in Florida is also quite rapidly deteriorating, we chose the Montana National Park. With its lakes, forests, mountain peaks, fauna and flora, the park is one of the most beautiful regions of the Rocky Mountains. In addition it covers up to 150 glaciers, of which there are now less than 25. According to scientists, they disappear completely by 2030, that will hurt the majority of wildlife.
№5: The Congo Basin
Located in Africa, the Congo River Basin includes more than 2 million square kilometers of pristine rainforest. Is home to many species of flora and fauna, a swimming pool quickly turns into a lifeless desert, all thanks to mining, logging, agriculture and guerrilla warfare. With the reduction of forests accumulate carbon dioxide, which affects the whole climate.
The fourth largest island in the world, but this does not mean that it is waiting for a stable and bright future. Due to excessive hunting of exotic animals, 90% of which live exclusively on the island, and deforestation, we may soon lose most of this unique diversity. And if that happens on the island, the entire planet will be affected.
№3: Venice, Italy
Despite the fact that the bridges and canals are the work of men's hands, we must not forget that it is also 118 different islands. Unfortunately due to the rising sea level in Venice is becoming more and more susceptible to flooding, the amount of which is estimated in the tens of year. This means that the city is sinking and we can only guess how soon it will cease to exist.
№2: Dead Sea
It is also called the sea salt due to the high salt content is at 430 meters below sea level, the banks which are the lowest elevation point on the Earth. Bordering on extremely hot countries - Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, the sea, of course, loses water through evaporation. But the use of resources of the sea surrounding population and big business leads to the fact that the sea water is disappearing at an alarming speed, roughly a meter per year.
№1: the Great Barrier Reef
Consisting of nearly 300 individual reefs and 900 islands, the largest coral reef system in the world. Located off the coast of Australia's Barrier Reef is another victim of climate change and environmental pollution. In addition to bleaching reefs, fishing and tourism lead reduction or stopping growth of the colony. At this rate, by 2030, and this miracle of nature can not become.