The world is full of wonderful and beautiful places, and has something to offer everyone – monuments for the history lovers, museums for the art lovers, beaches for the beach bugs, mountains for the hikers. It is practically impossible to list down all the natural and manmade attractions that are present today. But, imagine one day you realize that your dream vacation to Venice can’t happen because it doesn’t exist anymore! Yes, that’s true. We always say ‘never put things for tomorrow because you never know when you run out of time’. However, in certain cases, you may have the time but the places that you want to be at may vanish from the face of Earth.
We bring to you a list of 9 such places which, just so you know, may or may not exist after a while so lets have a look at Places to visit before they disappear.
Mount Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 meters above sea level.
However, Africa’s largest mountain is fading. The glaciers are melting because of deforestation and global warming.
The Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands, officially the Republic of the Marshall Islands is an island country located near the equator in the Pacific Ocean. Geographically, the country is part of the larger island group of Micronesia, with the population of 68,480 people spread out over 24 low-lying coral atolls, comprising 1,156 individual islands and islets.
In 2008, waves and high tides caused flooding in the capital city of Majuro, located 3 feet above sea level.
The Carteret Islands, also known as Carteret Atoll, Tulun or Kilinailau Islands/Atoll, are Papua New Guinea islands located 86 km north-east of Bougainville in the South Pacific. The atoll has a scattering of low-lying islands called Han, Jangain, Yesila, Yolasa and Piul, in a horseshoe shape stretching 30 kilometers in north-south direction, with a total land area of 0.6 square kilometers and a maximum elevation of 1.5 meters above sea level.
The Islands have become dilapidated due to the combined effects of sea-level rise, erosion, storm surges, and saltwater contamination of the soil.
Surprisingly making it on the list of Places to visit before they disappear is Seychelles, officially the Republic of Seychelles, is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The 115-island country, whose capital is Victoria, lies 1,500 kilometers east of mainland Southeast Africa. Other nearby island countries and territories include Zanzibar to the west and Comoros, Mayotte, Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius to the south.
The coral is what stops beach erosion, but rising water temperatures are causing the coral to die.
Maldives, officially the Republic of the Maldives, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean–Arabian Sea area, consisting of a double chain of twenty-six atolls, oriented north-south, that lie between Minicoy Island (the southernmost part of Lakshadweep, India) and the Chagos Archipelago. The chains stand in the Laccadive Sea, and the capital, Malé is about 600 kilometres south-west of India and 750 kilometres south-west of Sri Lanka. The president of the Maldives announced the government would start buying land in other countries, including India, for citizens displaced by rising waters.
Glacier National Park is a national park located in the U.S. state of Montana, on the Canada–United States border with the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. The park encompasses over 1 million acres and includes parts of two mountain ranges (sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains), over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants, and hundreds of species of animals. This vast pristine ecosystem is the centerpiece of what has been referred to as the “Crown of the Continent Ecosystem”, a region of protected land encompassing 16,000 square miles.
Some researchers have projected Montana’s Glacier National Park will be glacier-free by 2020 due to weather transformation.
Solomon Islands is a sovereign country consisting of a large number of islands in Oceania lying to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu and covering a land area of 28,400 square kilometres. The country’s capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal. Made up of almost a 1,000 islands, the Solomon Islands have beautiful coral reefs, lagoons, and underwater volcanoes.
In addition to rising sea levels, cyclones and flooding are causing shoreline erosion.
Nauru, officially the Republic of Nauru and formerly known as Pleasant Island, is an island country in Micronesia in the South Pacific. Its nearest neighbor is Banaba Island in Kiribati, 300 kilometres to the east. With 9,378 residents in a 21-square-kilometre area, Nauru is the smallest state in the South Pacific and second smallest state by population in the world, behind only the Vatican City. A coral reef surrounds the entire island, which is dotted with pinnacles made of phosphate. Nauru’s environment has been seriously harmed by phosphate-mining operations.
And, last but not the least …. Venice! Yes, you read it right and we didn’t use it just to quote an example.
Venice is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 117 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture, and its artworks. The city in its entirety is listed as a World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon. It is also known as Amsterdam of the south. Venice has long been sinking, but the frequency of floods increases each year.