5 Places that are Disappearing – go see them NOW!

I recently found out that the Dead Sea might only be around for 50 more years and it got me wondering about other places that are disappearing and which they might be. I found some really interesting places, some of which are on many people’s bucket lists. So, take a look at these places that are disappearing before they are gone forever!

Places that are disappearing – go see them NOW!

1. Dead Sea

The Dead Sea fills up from the River Jordan (where Jesus was baptized). People drink that water though and the Dead Sea (which is a lake, not a sea) is slowly lowering. Scientists say it could be gone in 50 years. The Dead Sea is mineral rich and so salty you can float in it. It’s also the lowest place on earth. I recently visited; read about it here.

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2. Maldives

Ben builds artificial reefs as a job so I have been hearing about the disappearing Maldives for years. I didn’t realize before I met Ben. It’s the most stunning place I’ve seen in photos and is SO ON MY BUCKET LIST! I love the water villas which are spread out over 1,000 islands. Sadly, the islands are disappearing. The water level is increasing and land is disappearing. It will be gone in the next 100 years. The even has a backup plan already in place. They bought nearby islands.

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3. The Great Barrier Reef

Because of water temperature changes and pollution, this magical place might go away forever. One small thing people should keep in mind when snorkeling ANYWHERE is that sunscreen is bad for the coral. You should use a brand like Sun Bum which is approved for corals to help protect them. This is somewhere I’ve wanted to go since a kid and is so sad to hear is decreasing- it’s gone down in size by half in the last 50 years.

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4. Seychelles

Just like the island paradise of Maldives, Seychelles is that Pinterest perfect location that many people dream about honeymooning at. The corals around the islands are disappearing which means eventually the islands will too. Corals protect the island (ask Ben he could tell you about it for hours!) because the waves break on the coral. When there is no coral, the waves break on the land which destroys the beaches and eventually will decimate the island. This happens in smaller scales which can be fixed with artificial reeds (like the one Ben did in Ratnagiri!).

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5. Madagascar

You guys… scientists say we have only 35 years to see this incredible place! While this island used to be a dense rainforest, they’re doing “” here (and many places around the world) but unfortunately it’s been taken to the next level and the forest and all the animals inside are going to be gone. It’s a biodiversity hotspot and some species will go extinct. It’s famous for lemur’s which could be gone soon.

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Other places that are disappearing

Sadly, these 5 are not the only ones. There are many places that are disappearing. I’ll share some others that might interest you and make you book a ticket. One that I’ve luckily been to already is Venice due to huge amounts of floods.

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The Everglades (in Florida which in case you didn’t know have SO many in it!) are also disappearing over time due to encroaching development and invasive creatures. Those pythons are natural there, so you can imagine that would mess with the ecosystem. Another in the US is the Glacier National Park in Montana. There used to be 150 glaciers and are now 25. It could be zero in 15 years due to climate change.

The North and South Poles are also at risk! It’s said that within 20-40 years, there will be no ice in Antartica for example. That would mean no penguins there. It’s so sad to think about and makes me want to travel to all these places as soon as possible!

Another places affected by climate change is the Alps which are not that high of a mountain range. Scientists say that glaciers here could be gone by 2050.  also says Alaska could disappear!

I canyoned in the Alps in Interlaken years ago and it’s one of my favorite experiences.

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There’s one right here in India, Ranthambore National Park. Half of the worlds’ tigers live in India! Here are some that shocked me:

  • There were 100,000 tigers in 1900 and now are 3,200 in the world.
  • They estimate a tiger a day is killed for Chinese medicine

I don’t share this to depress you but just because it was something that surprised me and I thought you’d want to know. The reasons behind a lot of this are related to and pollution. Here is an article that explains how you can !

 

 

 

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.

5 Comments

  1. jay May 5, 2017 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    I love this, as travelers I think it is important to let everyone know how amazing the places we visit are but also how they are disappearing. Global warming is such an important issue thanks for covering it Rachel !!!

    • Rachel Jones May 8, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Yes! And there are even more disappearing than listed here. It’s very sad! Thanks for commenting.

  2. erynmacgillivray May 8, 2017 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Such an important article! I hope I can see all of these things in my life before they are gone forever :(

    Eryn, Diaries From The Window Seat

  3. Leah | Nomad'er the Distance May 9, 2017 at 5:28 am - Reply

    Wow it terrifies me that I’ve only seen one of the places on this list! It’s so sad that people seem not to care about protecting these places until they’re already on their way out.

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