Surely natural wonders are more enduring since they have been around longer than anything made by humans?…Wrong!
Due to changes to the environment such as climate change, rising sea levels, deforestation and overpopulation, some of the world’s most beautiful natural landscapes are becoming critically endangered.
Here are 5 disappearing wonders of the world to visit before it’s too late:
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is Africa’s tallest and most iconic snowcapped peak. Ernest Hemingway once described it in his story as ‘wide as all the world, great, high and unbelievably white in the sun’. Far from that Mount Kilimanjaro’s ice cap and the glaciers that flow from it are disappearing fast. Recent research suggests that 85% of the ice cover that was once present in the 1900s has melted. There have been predictions that it will disappear by 2033…You may want to book a trek before the final meltdown!
Australia, the Great Barrier Reef
Australia is home to the world’s largest reef system, the Great Barrier Reef. It is home to more than 1, 500 species of fish and some of the world’s most endangered creatures such as the blue whale. Scuba diving enthusiasts will be sad to hear that due to climate change the sea temperature is rising and this increase in temperature is causing coral bleaching. The microscopic algae which gives the coral its colour is being destroyed by coral bleaching, thus causing the coral to turn white and die. Whilst the sea is still beaming blue, why not arrange a trip down under and submerge yourself into the beauty that lies undersea?
South America, Amazon Rainforest
The ‘lungs of our planet’, the Amazon Rainforest covers over a billion acres across South America, if Amazonia was a country they would be the 9th largest! The rainforest plays a critical role in sustaining the planet providing over 20% of the oxygen supply. More than half of the world’s species of plants, animals and insects take refuge in the tropical rainforests. Despite this it is being destroyed at an alarming rate, it has been estimated that 55% of the rainforest could vanish by 2030 if deforestation continues at this rapid rate. The forest runs through parts of South America, the majority lying in Brazil why not take in real ‘fresh’ air provided by the billions of acres of vegetation covering the Amazon.
The Maldives, Indian Ocean
Just off the coast of Sri Lanka, lies a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean, the pinnacle of luscious white sand and crystal clear water that is the Maldives. The Maldives is world renowned for its exquisite honeymoon retreats. It sits at just 0.9 meters above sea level, being one of the lowest lying countries in the world. However the serene beauty of the Maldives could soon be washed away as it comes under threat from rising sea levels. Make your visit now; bask in the beauty whilst you indulge in luxury and tranquility.
The Everglades, Florida
At first glance America’s largest subtropical wilderness, the Everglades in Florida seems like an unspoiled breeding ground for plants and animals. Despite providing a sanctuary for a wealth of birds and reptiles, the wetland ecosystem is in peril. Urban development, construction and diversion of water has swallowed up the fragile waterways resulting in thousands of acres of wetland disappearing. The Everglades is now half the size it was in the 1900’s, and close to 90% of the bird population has been wiped out. Discover the natural beauty that lies in Florida whilst it still sustains its wilderness.
With predictions of some of the world’s most impressive natural wonders disappearing in our lifetime, there’s no better time to discover them than now before it’s… What? Where? Never heard of it! To visit some of the disappearing wonders of the world for yourself then our travel experts with be delighted to assist you.