10 Natural Wonders to See Before They Go – When you work on a list of places for you to see before you die, consider giving a little boost. 10 iconic coral reefs, glaciers, lowland islands and other beautiful natural wonders vanished at an alarming rate.
The Natural Wonders That Will Not Be Around Forever
Read on to learn the magical stories of this world, and get an idea how to explore them before they leave.
10 Natural Wonders to See Before They Go
1). Amazon Rainforest, South America
Covering nine countries in South America, the Amazon Basin stores about half of the world’s tropical rainforests. If you put the Amazon rainforest in 48 adjacent states, it will cover 70 percent of the country.
Unfortunately, about 17 percent of the rainforest has disappeared in the last 50 years, mostly for farms, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
So great is the rainforest that the welfare of the planet depends on the health of the Amazon, which stabilizes the global climate.
Deforestation releases large amounts of carbon from 90 to 140 billion metric tons of Amazon, potentially causing adverse consequences on the Earth’s water cycle. When trees are felled, not only carbon dioxide is released, but less absorbed in the future.
The Nature Conservancy compares it by opening the forgotten remains of forgotten food in the fridge … Except on a global scale.
If You Go: you can go deep into the rainforest of the Manu Cloud Forest Canopy Walkway Forest that is draped between trees at dizzying heights of up to 144 feet.
2). Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The only visible living creature from outer space, the Great Barrier Reef is a true natural wonder – the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world, stretching 1,240 miles along the northeast coast of Australia.
More than 400 species of corals and 1,500 species of fish live here. But by the end of this century, this World Heritage site could have vanished.
In the last three years, the soaring ocean temperatures caused some of the worst bleachings ever to occur on the Great Barrier Reef, according to the scientific assessment of Tropical Reefs 2017 on Climate Change at World Heritage Coral Reef.
Greenpeace estimates that almost a quarter of coral reefs die by 2016 alone. The UNESCO report warns that if business-as-usual emissions continue, these and other coral reefs on the planet will disappear as functioning ecosystems within the next 100 years.
If You Go: Take a snorkel tour to see the annual coral spawning, or a large, endangered green turtle. Humpback whales migrate through these waters from June to October.
3). Arctic National Nature Reserve, Alaska
Polar bears and walruses rely on Arctic sea ice for hunting. The rest of the earth relies on ice and ice to act as a global “air-conditioning” to regulate the climate.
But the Arctic is heating up two times faster than the rest of the world, according to Dan Ritzman of Sierra Club’s Our Wild America campaign.
He said that the effect could easily be seen in the North Pole’s North Pole National Wildlife Sanctuary northeast, the most biodiversity place in the Arctic Circle and the children’s base for the Caribou Porcupine herd.
There is a little water now and sea ice disappears. At the same time, oil drilling continues, with the latest expansion only about 12 miles from the edge of the shelter.
If You Go: Sierra Club recommends visiting the Aichilik River delta in a protected area in mid-June to see caribou and sea ice. An alternative: World Wildlife Fund and Natural Habitat Adventures offer polar bear expeditions in Churchill, Manitoba.
4). Dead Sea, Israel
Since ancient times, the Dead Sea has become a place of healing and relaxation, where people come to float in therapeutic and super buoyant waters that are more than eight times saltier than the oceans.
Some experts believe this natural wonder can disappear altogether within the next hundred years. The water level has dropped to a level of about three feet per year and has fallen by more than 82 feet since the 1970s according to the World Wildlife Fund.
The water that was parked near the resort’s doorstep was now a mile from afar – with thousands of large exhaust holes in between.
Much of the problem is the influx of the main tributaries of this lake, the Jordan River, has been reduced to only five percent of its original volume.
Countries bordering Israel and Jordan drain water for drinking, agriculture, and mineral mining.
If you go: Cover yourself in mineral-rich mud and let the water (30 percent salt) hover over you. There is no way to drown even if you try.
5). Glacier National Park, Montana
In 1850, over 150 glaciers closed the peak at Montana’s Glacier National Park. Only 26 days left. Of the extent amount, some have retreated by 85 percent over the last 50 years, according to a recent study from the US Geological Survey. Global warming continues to impact the annual average temperature of glaciers that increased by 1.33 degrees Celsius since 1900.
This may sound like an insignificant increase but simply switch to the ecosystem of the impact park. Without glaciers and waterfalls continuing to flow into rivers, rivers become too hot in summer to allow some water insects to survive. When they die, it disrupts the food chain for the original trout population.
If You Go: Climb your way across many glaciers to enjoy the views of waterfalls and alpine lakes that characterize the wonders of the world closer to this house.
The best place to see a glacier off the road is at the Jackson Glacier Overlook on Going-to-the-Sun Road. Watch the mountain goat and the Bighorn sheep near Logan Pass.
6). Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Mexico
About 2.5 hours drive west of Mexico City, you will discover the great wonder of the world: The only place on the planet to see millions of monarchic butterflies migrating in one place.
After traveling 3,000 miles to Canada and the U.S., they return every year to winter through the pine forests of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.
But deforestation in Mexico, climate change, and habitat loss along their migration routes are jeopardizing migrating subspecies.
According to a report by 2015 by UNESCO, the forest area coated with butterflies in their winter homes is the second lowest since monitoring began in 1993.
Habitats that surround their reserves are at risk – these forests are illegally cleared and replaced by clumps of avocado, high crops.
If you go: Hire a local guide to take you by bike or horse along the jungle trail to the secluded part of the butterfly reserve. January and February are the best times to see the grouping of kings in large numbers so that they weigh the branches of pine trees with a vibrating pile.
7). Island in the Maldives
On the southern coast of India, a tropical country of 26 atolls and over 1,000 coral islands is known for its unparalleled white powder beaches, coral reefs, and luxuries. For now.
The lowland islands of the Maldives are slowly engulfed by rising sea levels. As carbon emissions increase and the ice sheet melts.
The rising sea levels begin to drown these beautiful natural wonders, the highest point just eight feet above the water. Maldivians live in constant danger of being forced to evacuate their homeland, writes Trevor Greene in his book There Is No Planet B: Promises and Perils In Our Warming World.
He said the country could be reduced to an “exciting new coral reef” network in 2112. The breakthrough of coral reefs that supply food and income to the Islanders can happen much faster.
If You Go: Take the charter on Dhoni (a board-and-line fishing boat) and learn how to fish poles and lines support a healthy fish stock eliminated by net fishing.
8). Mangrove Forest Sundarbans, India and Bangladesh
Where the Indian Ganges flew to the Bay of Bengal lies the tidal swamps with the maze of river paths and the largest mangroves in the world.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a rich ecosystem with incredible biodiversity. Many endangered species, including the Bengal Tiger and Ganges River, breed in the Sundarban.
Climate change is now threatening this natural wonder. According to a 2016 study by the World Bank Group, the most significant challenge is the increased saltwater intrusion from sea level rise.
Tidal spikes are very dramatic (24 feet tall) to one-third of Sundarbans submerged daily, creating ecosystems where mangrove forests do not get enough clean water.
Other threats include increasingly intense cyclones, poaching, mangrove harvesting, and agricultural encroachment.
If You Go: Track a tiger on a boat trip through a narrow river channel of this natural wonder. Even if you do not find it, you will probably see wild boars, monkeys, and reptiles. Multi-day tours depart from Khulna in Bangladesh.
9). Mesoamerican Barrier Reef; Mexico, Belize, and Honduras
You may have never heard of Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, but if you snorkeled in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, or elsewhere along the Caribbean coast of Central America, then you may have visited this natural wonder.
Mesoamerica stretches 600 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico through Belize and Honduras. This is the second largest barrier to reef barrier in the world, and its color slowly dries from it.
The Belize section is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of 54 sites on the UNESCO “danger” list. Increased ocean temperatures lead to massive coral bleaching.
When temperatures rise slightly, corals release algae that live in coral tissue, causing it to become completely white and become susceptible to illness and death.
Overfishing, pollution, potential offshore oil drilling, and changes in water pH are another threat cited by Nature Conservancy.
If You Go: Nature Habitat Adventure and World Wildlife Fund run a Belize tour with snorkeling in the coral reefs. See manta rays, sea turtles and the occasional manatee on an evening snorkel tour.
10). White Cliffs of Dover, Great Britain
The iconic white cliffs of Dover slip away at an alarming rate. Rare cliffs, exposed to the weather and hit by storm surges, are retreating at a rate 10 times faster in the last 150 years than they did 7,000 years before.
Each year eight to 12 inches of a calf from the shoreline cliffs soft these natural wonders and falls to the shore below, according to a 2016 report. What to blame for accelerated erosion?
The research team suggested that cliff front beaches play a role. This dynamic is exacerbated by rising sea levels and increased intensity of storms due to global warming.
If You Go: Climb the path that wanders very close to the cliff. From above you will see the nearest ferry that crosses England and France. You can also see this natural wonder from below with a boat tour.