Sunday, February 21, 2010

5 Places to Visit Before They Vanish


Whether it’s raising sea level, desertification, and torrential monsoons, melting glaciers or oceans acidification. Climate change is rapidly altering the landscape of our planet.
We may be one of the last generations to witness Earth’s most cherished places. Here’s my list of 5 places to see before they completely vanish.

Lake SaifulMalook, Naran Valley, Pakistan

Deforestation has been a major problem all over Pakistan, Naran Valley and lake SaifulMalook have been experiencing rise in temperatures since 1980’s leading to shorter winters every year which is resulting is loss of habitat for the local flora & fauna. The only breather this picture perfect valley got in the last two decades was natural disaster of 8th October after which the road to the lake was destroyed, but as the deforestation continues it’s only a matter of time before the area turns into nature’s great demise.

Glacier National Park MT, USA

Just slightly more than a 100 years ago, there were as many as 150 ancient glaciers strewn through Glacier National Park in MT. By 2005 only 27 remained and those are expected to disappear completely by 2030 if not earlier. Many of the plants and animal species that call this park home depend on cold water for living, meaning the ecosystem of the park stands to change dramatically when the glaciers are gone.

Venice, Italy

Venice during a severe flood in Nov 09 was submerged into water when water level reached 131 cm. Venice has long been sinking, but raising sea levels have made the situation direr. The frequency of floods increase each year, leaving many to wonder how much longer Venice can stay above water.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

It is so large that it can bee seen from space, but the great barrier reef Is disappearing at an alarming rate due to climate change and acidification of the oceans. What took 8000 years of naturals work hours may disappear in our lifetime.!

Maldives

Maldives is the lowest-lying country in the world with a maximum natural ground level of 2.3 meters, and an average of only 1.5 meters above sea level. If sea levels rise too much, the country would earn an unwanted superlative: the first nation to engulfed by ocean of global warming.

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