Due to climate change and other factors, there are certain locations around the world that may not be around for much longer. If you’re somewhat of an explorer, you may be intrigued to see some of these great destinations and what they have to offer. So below we identify some of the top natural wonders you should see before they disappear!
The Amazon Rainforest– Some people don’t truly understand how large the Amazon rainforest is, for example if you laid it over the 48 contiguous United States it would cover 70 percent of the country! However, the rainforest is slowly being lost as time passes and the wellbeing of the planet depends on the Amazon as it stabilizes global climate. If you decide to visit, then you can venture deep into the rainforest and see all the natural spectacles it houses. From wildlife to plant life, most of what you see here cannot be seen anywhere else, so it really is a once in a life time experience. There are also plenty of activities to take part in depending on who you decide to travel with, which will ensure you have fun while exploring. Being one of the largest ecosystems in the world, it definitely shows why it’s a natural wonder.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia– This 1200-mile-long ecosystem is renowned for being one of the largest natural wonders in the world, much like the Amazon Rainforest it plays a role in the planets wellbeing. Global warming means that ocean temperatures have increased which in turn means the water has become more acidic and killed 93 percent of the reef. Since the rise in carbon dioxide as well the reef has lost half of its coral cover over the past 25 years. All this plus pollution from industrial development and harmful fishing practices is why experts are predicting the Great Barrier Reef will no longer exist by 2030. So before its gone, this is certainly a place to visit and experience for all its glory.
Maldives- When you look at the Maldives, you can tell it’s a tropical paradise. With Luxury bungalows overlooking the crystal-clear water where you can see all the tropical fish, it’s one of the best holiday destinations in the world. Around 80% of the islands only sit 3 feet above seawater however, which puts it at great risk of disappearing and threatens to submerge the country. In fact, the president of the Maldives has promised to eliminate fossil fuels and invest in purely wind and solar energy instead. The government has also bought land in other nearby nations to house the 380,000 citizens, should climate change displace them. The Maldives is one of the more expensive destinations to visit, however living in luxury and relaxation will mean it’s all worth it.
The Poles, Antarctica and the Arctic – Its quite well documented that the ice has been melting steadily in the artic over many years. Polar bears for example are nearing extinction as the arctic ice melts meaning the north pole will eventually be bare. On the south pole Antarctica has around 40% less sea ice and in the next 20-40 years none will form at all. Which as a result means wildlife such as whales, penguins and seals (which have already declined by 70%) will suffer as a result. Much like the barrier reef and the Amazon, you won’t be able to see what’s at these places anywhere else. So, you should really visit while you can to appreciate it’s full glory!
Glacier National Park, Montana- Its not hard to see why this is one of the most famous parks in the United States, with its icy lakes, alpine meadows and rugged wilderness it offers sights that you won’t see many other places in the world. However, the landscape of the park is changing rapidly, with the number of active glaciers going from 150 to just 25. Experts are even predicting that in the next 15 years the remaining few in the park’s main basin will be gone. So now is as good a time as any to explore the 700 miles of trails and also see the famous mountain road “Going-to-the-Sun-Road”.
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