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  • Five endangered natural wonders of the world

    photo by Bjoern

    There are many lists of the wonders of the world, whether they’re man-made structures or natural wonders. Probably the most famous are the seven wonders of the ancient world, many of which have been destroyed as millennia went by. One might think that natural wonders are more enduring, seeing as they have been around longer than anything made by humans, but sadly it is not always so.

    Some of the existing wonders of the world are in danger of disappearing in a few centuries, or even decades, so if you want to be able to tell your grandchildren that you’ve seen them, you should hurry up and visit them while they still stand – so here are five of the endangered natural wonders of the world.

    Belize Barrier Reef

    photo by Jetske19

    Scuba diving enthusiasts will be sad to hear that the amazing Belize Barrier Reef, one of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystems of the world, is in danger of disappearing by 2030 is global warming continues.

    Over 50% of the corals in the reef have already been bleached, and so many of the species living there are under threat as well: whale sharks, manatees, rays, conches and many other marine species.

    The Dead Sea

    The Dead Sea has been around for a very very long time, and it’s almost unimaginable to think that it could be gone one day. However, the lowest spot on the planet has been continually shrinking for decades, several inches every year. Although it is called the Dead Sea, this huge salt lake is anything but dead – it is home to a huge number of species.

    Madagascar

    photo by Luc Legay

    Much of the fauna and flora found on Madagascar is unique – it genuinely cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Logging and farming is continually destroying the island’s ecosystems, and it is assumed that in about three decades, the forests of Madagascar will disappear completely if nothing is done – taking away with them the myriad of plant and animal species living there.

    Maldives

    photo by Sarah Ackerman

    The Maldives are an immensely popular holiday destination, and they are considered to be a true tropical paradise.

    However, the islands are some of the lowest places on the planet, and since global warming is melting the ice caps, the level of the planet’s oceans keep rising and will cover up many of the over a thousand islets and small atolls that make up the Maldives.

    Rajasthan tigers

    The tiger population in Rathambore National Park in Rajasthan has shrunk a great deal, which is a real tragedy, considering that over a half of the number of tigers in the world (3,200) live in India. Tigers are endangered by hunting (parts of the animals are used in traditional medicine) and because their habitats are destroyed by humans.

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