Friday, June 8, 2012

10 places to see before they disappear

Change is inevitable. But there are times when we tend to think for the way things can be preserved. We are compulsive to question why are the things are in the way they are and why cant we stop them from 'Change' ? Confused !! here are the places nature had gifted humanity to cherish. Due to many reasons, they are not going to be with us forever. They will disappear and GLOBAL WARMING is the most affecting factor. Have a look.

1. The Alps: The picturesque European mountain range which was the standard romantic song shoot location in Bollywood films of the 90's and which continues to be the popular ski holiday destination for many, is located at a low altitude. This means that due to global warming, the glaciers in the mountain range could melt faster than many other snow clad mountain ranges. The Alps' glaciers are predicted to melt and disappear by 2050.

2. Dead Sea: The name might suggest the dead nature of the sea, however, the increasing rampant use of the natural resources of this highly saline sea might literally make this sea go dead. The Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth and has 10 times more salt than seawater. It's a rich source of many minerals which are regularly extracted by industries such as cosmetic industry. The sea has already shrunk by a third and on its way to its impending death!

3. Glacier National Park: This American national park first inhabited by Native Americans, comprises over 130 lakes, more than 1000 different plant species and hundreds of animal species. Of the 150 glaciers that encompassed this park, by 2005 only 27 were remaining. These remaining glaciers are predicted to disappear by 2030, all due to global warming. Once hailed as the "Crown of the Continent Ecosystem", this protected region might lose a majority of its biodiversity with the melting of its glaciers.

4. Great Barrier Reef: One of the few places on Earth to be spotted from outer space, might shrink so much that it may not be visible even on Earth. This is the world's largest coral reef system and biggest single structure made by living organisms. The ongoing climate change, water pollution, over-fishing and shipping accidents might destroy this region and the endangered species inhabiting it completely.

5. Madagascar: We all remember the lemurs from the 2005 animated film Madagascar dancing to I like to Move it. They are one of the 20 species of lemurs only found in Madagascar and are currently in the danger of disappearing. Over per cent of biodiversity of Madagascar is found only here. So hurry up and make a trip to this African country, which also comprises the fourth largest island, as its forest cover is predicted to disappear in 35 years and its inhabitants along with it.

6. Maldives: Maldives was severely devastated by the Tsunami in 2004, when only 9 of its over 1000 islands escaped flooding. It is the lowest lying country in the world and apparently will be the first nation to be submerged because of global warming. 

7. Olympia: As London gears up for the upcoming 2012 Olympics, Olympia, the city to hold the first Olympics in 776 B.C., struggles to keep it's hold on the world map. The rising summer temperatures have caused rampant wildfires in this Greek city, destroying its natural environment and historical architecture.

8. Patagonia: Located at the southern end of South America, Patagonia overwhelms its visitors with its dramatic landscapes and breathtaking beauty. Labeled as the "land of untouched beauty", Patagonia is not unknown to the ubiquitous and ominous effects of climate change. Its glaciers are steadily melting away and changing the landscape of this region. The flora and fauna native to Patagonia are in danger of losing their habitat.

9. Tiger habitats: One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal and India, these places are famous for two things: mangrove forest and Royal Bengal tiger, both of which are currently in danger of extinction. Besides the tiger, some other endangered species inhabiting the region of Sunderland, India are Saltwater Crocodile, Olive Ridley Turtle, Gangetic dolphin, and Mangrove horseshoe crab. The rising sea levels in Sunderland, India have completely submerged parts of this low lying region, It is estimated that over 10,000 inhabitants of this region are now environmental refugees. It won't be long before this World Heritage Site is submerged under water.

10. Venice: All may not be good at the city of gondolas and honeymooners. This city of canals has experienced several floods in the recent past and its water level has gone up by 131 centimeters fearing a complete submerge of the city.

ITS BETTER TO EXPLORE  as soon as u can!! 

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