Earth is home to beautiful and unique natural sites, but because of climate change and human neglect, these places are at risk of disappearing in the next 100 years.
A range of natural wonders around the world are being threatened, from the glaciers of Patagonia, to the Congo-African basin.
The following is a list of the most prominent natural and archaeological sites at risk of disappearance, which should be visited:
1. Mirador Basin and Tequal National Park, Guatemala
This picturesque site is home to the mysterious ruins of Mayan civilization, but illegal looting and forest burning may destroy this historical artifact and hide it from the surface of the earth.
2. Sundarbans forests, between India and Bangladesh
Sundarbans include about 4,000 miles of water and land in the Ganges Delta, home to the world's largest coastal lagoons, and shelter for a number of endangered animals, such as tigers.
Human practices, pollution, dependence on fossil fuels and forest fires have contributed to a rapid rise in sea levels in the region, leading to coastal erosion.
3. Glaciers in Patagonia, Argentina
These rivers are one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the world, but rising temperatures have reduced the space of this unique place.
4. The forests of Madagascar
These forests are expected to disappear after 53 years due to widespread fires and extensive deforestation.
5- Venice, Italy
Most lovers spend their time on a boat tour around river canals, in this charming city, which may be drowned by floods that have intensified over recent years.
6. Machu Picchu, Peru
The ruins of the ancient Inca Empire, built by the South American Indian peoples, attract millions of tourists annually, surpassing the UNESCO / Peru standard (3,500 visitors per day).
Many believe that natural landslides and erosion, can cause the demise of this empire, unless more props are placed.
7. Congo Basin, Africa
The Congo-Africa Basin, the second largest rainforest in the world, is one of the most vital areas, with more than 10,000 species of plants, 1,000 species of birds and 400 species of mammals.
However, the United Nations expects the disappearance of about two-thirds of the Congo basin's forests, including plants and wildlife, by 2040.
8. The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is located on the border between Jordan and Palestine, known as the lowest point on the surface of the earth. It is also characterized by its salinity, but has declined by one-third in the past 40 years.
As long as countries around the sea continue to use the waters of the Jordan River (the only place that feeds the waters of the Dead Sea), it may disappear completely within 50 years.
9. Alps, Europe
The European mountain range is losing about 3 percent of the ice annually, meaning the disappearance of glaciers by 2050.
10. Taj Mahal, India
It is one of the most famous buildings in the world, but some experts are concerned about the possible collapse of the site, due to erosion and pollution factors.
11. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The size of the world's largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef, has declined for more than half due to rising temperatures in the past 30 years.
Acid pollution is another source of concern, leading scientists to predict that coral reefs could disappear completely by 2030.
12. Pyramids, Egypt
The pyramids of Egypt and the Sphinx face the risk of erosion due to pollution. Sanitation also weakens the foundations on which the pyramids are based, compounding fears of eventual collapse.
13. Amazon, Brazil
The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world, but expansion of agriculture can completely destroy it.
14. Great Wall of China
Is the largest human-built structure in the world, dating back more than 2,000 years, but the nature of neighboring lands has contributed to the collapse of nearly two-thirds of the wall recently, and may collapse completely due to erosion in less than 20 years.
15. The Maldives
It is located in the Pacific Ocean, but it is slowly sinking due to climate change, and scientists expect it to completely disappear within the next 100 years.
16. Big Sur, California
This site in California, California, offers a spectacular and spectacular view of whales, but drought and recent forest fires can cause significant damage to the coastal area, causing a decrease in the number of marine mammals each year.
Source: Business Insider