Our Earth is constantly going through a lot of environmental changes, most of which are extremely alarming. Thanks to the degradation of our environment and exploitation of our planet done with the aim of becoming high-tech and building a world driven by technology. As the actions of the humankind have not been in much favor of our planet, natural disasters like cyclones, tsunamis, and flash floods have been striking quite often. And these are not the only things to be worried about. What if some of the most important places of today get disappeared in some years right before your eyes. Yes, you absolutely heard it right! Here is a list of the famous places around the world that will disappear in the coming years. Have a look!
While Homo sapiens do not put a halt on the ever-increasing problem of environmental problems such as climatic change, and global warming, there are some of the most famous places that will soon disappear. To find out, go through the list below.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most complex ecosystems on our planet. The largest coral reef on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef is the home to 1,600 species of fish, 130 types of rays and sharks, and more than 30 species of dolphins and whales. People all around the world travel to see the coral, schools of turtles, fish, dolphins, and whales which entitle the reef home. Unfortunately, this beautiful coral reef system that can be viewed from the outer space is on the verge of being disappeared by 2030, thanks to the climate change, pollution, mining, and global warming. As per the studies, it was found that about half of its coral has disappeared in the past three decades due to a combination of agricultural runoff, coastal development, and warming ocean temperatures. Not to mention, marine biologists fear that some species could be on their way to extinction if all the coral dies, such as whale sharks, butterfly fish, and hawksbill sea turtles. Since the tourist destination contributes more than $3 billion annually to Australia’s economy and 60,000 people with jobs that rely on the reef’s ongoing health, it is not only the plants and animal species that are at stake.
The highest and the most extensive mountain range system in the Europe, the Alps stretch across the 8 countries of the continent. According to various surveys and studies, climate experts have predicted that the glaciers of the Alps will get completely disappeared by the end of 2050. The study was done way back in July 2006. In comparison to the other mountain ranges, the Alps is at a lower altitude and that is why their glaciers are more prone to be shrinking from climate change. About three percent of its Alpine glacial ice is mislaid every year which is almost equal to the 1-meter thickness of ice. It’s not like scientists have not been doing anything to save the mighty Alps. Several attempts have been made to protect the Alps by covering them in special blankets. Rhone Glacier in Switzerland, which is the oldest glacier of the Alps has been covered for the last 8 years. This attempt has reduced the melting of the ice by 70%, but on the downside, much of the damage has already been done. The loss of the Alpine glaciers can take an ugly turn affecting the supply of irrigation and drinking water, leading to more falling rocks, and crippling the European ski industry.
The Alaskan Tundra is one of the most distinguishing features of America’s largest and the northernmost state. The region is flat and treeless and is known for the subsoil which is frozen forever. Alaska is known for its breathtaking beauty and aurora borealis, known as the northern lights. However, climate change has led to the unthawing of the permafrost of the region which has not only vandalized the infrastructure but also perilously transmutes the existing ecosystem. It has been predicted by the scientists that the tiny Alaskan village of Kivalina will be underwater and its 400 inhabitants will become America’s first ever climate change refugees in the next 10 years. Kivalina is not the only state that is on the brink of getting disappeared. According to the temperature records, the Arctic region of Alaska is warming 2 times faster than the rest of the United States. Increased coastal erosion, retreating ice, and slowly rising sea levels have left 3 Inuit settlements kindred to Kivalina’s facing imminent destruction. A series of surveys and studies have indicated that entire Alaskan Tundra region will completely disappear within 100 years.
The capital of the northern Italy’s Veneto region, Venice is a gondola ride back in time. Known for its mysterious passageways, stunning architecture and of course the canals, Venice is a place you will fall in love with. Unfortunately, the beautiful Italian city is slowly sinking and shows no sign of slowing down. With its convoluted nexus of canals and waterways, a number of Venice’s elaborate buildings have gone through sinking and formational damage as a consequence of the ascending water levels. Reminiscing quite a recent incident of 2008, the cataclysmic floods hit the city that left plenty of signs of damage. In the years that have followed, flooding in the city has become a regular occurrence. The Venetians are very well aware that the situation is deteriorating with time. The worst of it all, the scientists doubt that the floods are causing the city to be tilted to the east and head out to the Adriatic Sea. According to some, the city will become uninhabitable by 2100.
Lying in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is a tropical nation comprising of 26 atolls and 1200 islands. Out of these islands, 200 are inhabited while 100 are resorts. The island country is a very famous tourist destination and one of the places you must definitely visit once in a lifetime. The place is known for its clear waters, 5-star reso, ts and white sandy beaches. The Maldives is the perfect spot for the honeymooners but is slowly sinking. In order to highlight the dangers faced by the country, the then President Mohamed Jameel Ahmed held a conference underwater in 2009. Being just 1.8 meters above sea level, some of the coral islands are facing the threat of getting disappeared due to global warming and this is going to increase to 2 meters by 2100. With a population of 345,000, there will be a huge upheaval if the sea starts taking over the land within less than 100 years the stunning tropical paradise could be completely submerged.
So, these were some of the most popular places that are on the verge of getting disappeared in the coming years. It is high time now when we need to realize the importance of curbing the environmental problems such as climate change, global warming, and pollution. If correct steps are not taken, these gems will no longer survive with us.
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