Today we will be discussing some of the places which might not be any further in the future. Check out:10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit Before They Disappear.
Bears Ears National Monument, Utah
Established as a National Monument in 2016 by President Barack Obama. Significant to Native American communities for millennia containing a wide array of historical and cultural features. Including thousands of archaeological sites. Leaving the untouched region open for oil drilling and urbanization disrupting thousands of unique habitats in this process. There’s no guarantee the monument will be around in its current form for a much longer.
Tomb Of Askia, Mali
The burial place for Askia Mohammed the first one of the Songhai Empire’s most notable Emperor’s. This tomb was constructed at the end of the 15th century and is widely regarded as the finest example of traditional mud building in West Africa in recent decades. The structure has been modernized with lights and speaker systems in order to continue operating as an active mosque despite its UNESCO World Heritage status. This ongoing usage and development have led to the site eroding at a rapid rate. Additionally increased international interest has made the site a potential target for violence.
The Great Wall Of China
The most famous man-made structure on the planet the Great Wall of China has long been a work in progress. With construction and maintenance in an ongoing state. Since work first began back in the 17th century. The wall doesn’t serve any meaningful military purpose and is primarily a tourist attraction. The huge volume of tourists that the wall attracts is potentially doing more harm to the structure. Than any invading forces ever could constant usage along with popular segments of the wall has led to major erosion and instability and locals are even selling bricks as souvenirs.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring example of the power of nature and time. Unfortunately, it’s also a reminder of how destructively humans can be to the natural world. In 2015 the National Trust of historic preservation named the canyon one of the most endangered historic sites in the US. In order to make room for tourist trails and pollution from cars and the surrounding area create smog that obscures the park’s beautiful natural vistas.
Cerro Rico, Bolivia
Awarded UNESCO World Heritage status all the way back in 1987. The Cerro Rico Mountain is home to the largest silver mine in the world. It has been a major part of the local economy for centuries. Once producing enough silver to bankroll the entire Spanish Empire. This incredible wonder whose name means rich mountain may be beautiful from the outside. The mountain is a constant risk of collapsing with tunnel failures, irregular occurrences. The average life expectancy of a worker in the mines is around 45 years old.
Kasbah Telouet, Morocco
This amazing Palace sits on the former Caravan trade route that led from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains into Marrakesh. and beyond. It had long been the seat of the El Glaoui family’s power, whose leader held the pretty awesome title of lord of the atlas once. Fully decorated from floor to ceiling with intricate carvings and art. The Kasbah has already unfortunately lost much of its wonder. As it’s slowly collapsing due to erosion though work is currently underway to preserve and restore the property.
Machu Picchu, Peru
It’s easy to forget that the ancient Incan Citadel Machu Picchu was lost for centuries for good reason remote and inaccessible until its rediscovery. Few explorers dared to venture up to these high altitudes. In order to accommodate the influx of tourists and attention. There’s been uncontrolled and rampant urban development around the site leading to huge deforestation landslides and major erosion to the structures themselves.
Another UNESCO protected location. The walled city of Shibam built in the 16th century is a truly standout example of historical urban planning. With towers rising out of the cliffs themselves. Though erosion poses a serious threat to the structures. A more distressing possibility is the danger of flooding which can hit at any time. In 2008 a devastating tropical cyclone threatened to topple several structures leading to years of repairs. The country itself is also war-torn and in a precarious state.
The Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
The impact of decay on the Giza pyramid complex including the Sphinx is already plain to see near impossible to adequately maintain the pyramids. Must survive both harsh desert conditions and the impact of hordes of tourists. The Great Pyramid of Giza was originally clad in and somewhat shielded from the elements. By polished limestone, casing stones which have been looted, removed or destroyed by earthquakes over the centuries. Though it was the tallest man-made structure in the world for thousands of years. The Great Pyramid is definitely suffering from erosion that threatens its long-term stability.
The Amazon Rainforest, South America
The most biodiverse place on the planet. The magnitude and complexity of the Amazon rainforest are nearly comprehensible with an abundance of scientific and biological wonders still waiting to be investigated. The richness of the forest resources has seen the Amazon suffer from rampant, deforestation and mining. Due to the world’s insatiable demand for beef, soy, aluminum, nickel, copper and more. A landmass is roughly equivalent to the size of Spain that is bad news for the Amazon and the world.