Our planet is wonderful. No one can tell us for sure how it was created, but what cannot be doubted is that there are incredible places that we have to enjoy while we can.
Why do I get so alarmist? Well, because he climate change it is a threat real enough to think that certain destinations will disappear from the map in a few years. Of course, as you can read below, not all the fault lies in the statistical distribution of the weather patterns, but there are other reasons to be alarmed.
1- Machu Picchu (Cuzco, Peru)
The legendary Machu Picchu, which was built in the 15th century and is on the the Incas' Sacred Valley at 2,438 meters above sea level, it could disappear simply because it is not immune to the landslides that occur in the fault where it was built. If we add to that the erosion of the citadel and the constant visits to Wonder of the Modern World, it is normal that geologists are not optimistic and speak of a sinking of one centimeter a month that puts it in danger.
2- Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
We go from the mountains to the sea to talk about the Australian Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest coral reef on the planet. It is located off the coast of Queensland, in the northeast of the country, and has a brutal extension. However, over the years it is decreasing due to several factors, such as the increase in the temperature of the oceans, tropical storms or the growth in number of specimens sea stars that feed on the coral.
3- Taj Mahal (India)
You will like few monuments more than the Taj Mahal. It is imposing and was not built overnight, since more than 20,000 workers participated in its construction, completing a masterpiece. However, in recent years it has been possible to see cracks that are difficult to repair and have noticed that the minarets that support it are leaning. The drought of Yamana river it has something to do with it because the structure deteriorates.
4- Venice (Italy)
Beautiful Venice, one of the most touristic places in Europe, has a problem with the sea level that not only makes the tide rise from time to time, but also puts the future of the city at risk in the long term. That is why gates are being built that will go to the sea floor and will be used in case the tide is one meter above sea level. It will be the final solution?
5- Everglades (Miami, United States)
Florida's beautiful mangroves no longer look as unspoilt as they once did. Although there are species of all kinds, both animal and plant, the presence of the human being, who advances with his fertilizers and artificial channels, puts in danger the survival of swamps, that today they have less water than they should have. A pity that serious measures are not taken to stop such deterioration.
6- Glacier Park (Montana, United States)
We do not move from the United States because we must speak of a park that has fewer and fewer glaciers. It has gone from 150 to 27 and the future forecasts are not optimistic at all. Global warming is causing the ice caps to melt and this is affecting their biosphere. In addition, it is calculated that in two decades there will be no more snow, which could lead to the disappearance of species that will not be able to adapt to a new scenario that has nothing to do with that of their natural habitat.
7- Hudson Bay (Canada)
In this case, we must also regret the enormous problem that climate change is causing in places that have always been completely frozen. The thaw it is a reality in this bay that begins to resemble a sea. The ice sheets do not curdle even in winter and that has caused polar bears to travel north in search of temperatures in which they can carry out a normal life, feeding seals and creating burrows.
8- Angkor Wat (Cambodia)
Who would not like to be at Angkor Wat? It is the largest religious structure ever built, an archaeological gem that is worth knowing if you are planning a trip to Southeast Asia. Of course, do not rest on your laurels because the hotel complexes that have been built in the area are jeopardizing the sustainability of its structure by feeding on the groundwater. In addition, that characteristic dark tone of its walls is due to a bacterium that has appeared because it was not restored well. What they did in their day was eliminate the lichens and mosses that protected the stone, so without them it is normal that something like this is happening.
9- Dead Sea (Jordan)
The incredible Dead Sea, unique in its kind, allows us to float on water due to having up to 10 times more salt than any other sea on the planet. That, and the fact that it is in a desert location, allows us to say that it is a magical place that could disappear. Every year loses 33 centimeters and the Jordan River, which is the only tributary of the lagoon, is also in low hours due to the mass of tourists traveling to Jordan and Israel.
10- Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
Kilimanjaro, one of the most spectacular mountains in the world, could stop having snow at its highest points from 2022, or at least that is what experts in the field predict. Climate change and the increase in temperatures have made thawing a reality that today seems difficult to change, among other things because politicians are moving at such a slow speed that we will not begin to see improvements until within a good handful of decades.
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