Historical ruins and landmarks could look absolutely beautiful and breathtaking, and millions of people visit them each year. However, we are not far from the time when these places will all be gone. With the continuous effects of global warming and the abuse of those who do not care, it is possible that these things will deteriorate sooner than expected.

There are many factors to be considered when thinking about the reasons why these things happen. Time does so many things that make places change and deteriorate, and the sad thing is that a huge percentage of it was (and is still being) caused by us. It’s funny that these days there has been a constant rise in airline promos and budget tours, but many of the world’s greatest treasures are falling apart in front of us.

Below are some examples of the world’s most endangered places that do not deserve to be on this state they’re in.

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

The Ernest Hemingway story “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” could last forever, but the real thing may not. The snow here is slowly melting due to the harsh effects of global warming. They say that it’s relatively easy to climb this mountain, but let’s all hope that it will still be around to be explored by millions of adventure-seekers that have yet to see and experience its beauty.

The Everglades in South Florida

Because of massive farming, irrigation and other recent harmful developments, this place has already lost a lot of its beauty. If more harm is caused here, it would not only be a great loss of natural beauty, but the different animals and birds living there would all be gone as well. A restoration plan has been passed by Congress in 2000, so let’s see how much of this magnificent place they’ll be able to save.

The Alps in Switzerland

These are one of the wonders that are slowly showing signs of melting because of global warming. Glaciers in places such as Switzerland and Alaska are showing signs of falling apart. In one study, experts from Austria have predicted that it’s possible for many glaciers to be completely melted in 2030. This means no magnificent scenery, less spots for skiing, and less unique views of snow-capped mountains.

The Dead Sea, Israel and Jordan

This is known to be the lowest point of earth and a popular place for tourists because of the spa resorts, healing waters and minerals, and magnificent views. However, it seems this place is slowly disappearing, mainly because of the water consumption in the Jordan River. Let’s hope that this historical place will hot literally die.

The Taj Mahal in India

All travelers might be already familiar with the Taj Mahal: it was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of Mumtaz Mahal, his third wife, and it’s one of the most admired and loved masterpieces in the world. This is a testament of love, of preservation of something magnificent aimed to exist forever. However, it seems that it’s slowly falling apart because of the acid rain and other types of pollution from the big factories surrounding it. Today, there are different efforts being done to save this magnificent structure. Hopefully, in time, we’ll see how all these saving efforts will turn out.

Tanjung Puting National Park, Indonesia

There are many types of wildlife in this place that are slowly being threatened by logging and farming. The orangutans, for instance, are losing habitat because of intense logging and farming in the area, and experts are afraid that more wildlife will die if these things continue.

The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia

This is the world’s largest reef system and can be seen from outer space. This world Heritage site is unfortunately included in the list of most endangered places in the world, because of the rise in water temperatures due to global warming. Because of some warm waters in different parts of the reef, many corals have already died. Today, efforts are being done to fix all spots that need repair and nourishment, and hopefully what some scientists are predicting (that the reefs could be gone in 20 years) would not happen, ever.

This endangered places list could grow longer, and if not enough effort is given to save them from dying, we could lose some very important treasures that have ever existed. At this point, people are encouraged to help out, spread the word, and contribute in whichever way they can to save these great, adored jewels.

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