Top 10 Incredible Places to See Before They Disappear

Top 10 Incredible Places to See Before They Disappear

Global warming is a fact that still a surprising number of people refuse to admit. It is one of the main reasons we can lose numerous natural wonders. We have made a list of ten incredible places that are challenged by climate, tourism or a peculiar nature and can disappear fairly quickly. Which one would you choose to visit?

10. The Door to Hell, Derweze, Turkmenistan

In 1971, after finding gas here, the whole drilling rig and camp collapsed, releasing methane gas. It was decided that it will be less harmful and the continues leak will eventually stop after set on fire. It has been burning for four decades now. However, the gas can burn out anytime, so you might want to visit it while you can.

Why to go there?

A true burning hell on Earth, providing an adventurous trip.

How to get there?

First, get to Ashgabat by train or plane from UK, Germany, India, UAE and other countries. Then get there by car from Ashgabat.

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9. Bordeaux Vineyards, France

Due to the changing temperature, sunshine and rain it is estimated that the production of wine grapes in the region will decrease fro two-thirds in the next 40 years. The beloved Bordeaux Merlot will be out of the market. So if you would like to have a trip to the vineyards, filled with picturesque sites and wine tasting, consider Bordeaux.

Why to go there?

Great views, nature and wine tasting tours.

How to get there?

Get there by plane, train, bus or car. You can choose from a variety of tour operators.

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8. Snow on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

The iconic mountain with three volcanic cones is one of the favorite and most accessible high peaks in the world. Hikers experience a whole climatic scale while on a trip: the tropic heat and humidity below, Arctic cold on top. The mountain’s glaciers however are rapidly decreasing – the worst predictions announce entire disappearance of snow here in two decades.

Why to go there?

Great hike, various trails for professionals and non-professionals.

How to get there?

Get to Kilimanjaro Airport from Amsterdam or by Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways and some other local airlines.

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7. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

An archipelago of volcanic islands is home for a diversity of unique species. Unsurprisingly it was a real treat for Charles Darwin, who visited the place during his scientific voyage around the world, and helped shape his evolution theory. Today the archipelago is challenged by tourism and increasing population.

Why to go there?

Definitely one of the places to see in your lifetime. Hopefully the development of ecological tourism will accelerate soon.

How to get there?

By plane from Quito and Guayaquil. Get around by bus or boat.

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6. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The biggest salt flat in the world stretches for 4,086 sq mi (10,582 sq km). Several prehistoric lakes were lying here, but eventually evaporated, uncovering this amazing spot. However, there are vast lithium reserves underneath. The material is used for various items including the smartphones, therefore the flat’s exploitation may quickly destroy the whole natural wonder.

Why to go there?

The biggest and the most ravishing salt flat on the planet.

How to get there?

Get to Uyuni by plane, bus, train or car from various Bolivian cities. Tours to the salt flat take off from Uyuni.

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5. Patagonian Glaciers, Argentina

One of the most beautiful glaciers in the world – Perito Morreno, found in Santa Cruz province – is shrinking, as well as others in the area. Perito Morreno is the third largest reserve of fresh water in the world and is included in UNESCO’s list. The glaciers can be admired and explored on various hiking tours.

Why to go there?

One of the most accessible glaciers, surrounded with beautiful Patagonian nature.

How to get there?

By bus from El Calafate.

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4. Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

A century ago there were 150 enormous glaciers, of which only 25 remained. It is estimated that by 2020 all of them will disappear if the global warming persists. The park mesmerizes with hundreds of lakes, thousands of plants and animal species, numerous hiking trails and overwhelming panoramic views.

Why to go there?

Breathtaking unspoiled nature.

How to get there?

Get there by train, bus or car. By plane get to Kalispell or Great Falls International Airport. A shuttle bus runs from Kalispell.

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3. The Dead Sea, Israel, Jordan, Palestine

One of the most famous salt lakes in the world faces human and geological challenges, that cause its water levels to drop rapidly. The Dead Sea is dying and getting smaller each year. It gained popularity for healing qualities and huge amounts of salt, enabling the bathers to float effortlessly.

Why to go there?

One of the most fun places to bathe and also a picturesque site.

How to get there?

By bus or car from Jerusalem (39 km) or Tel Aviv (98 km).

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2. Komodo Island, Indonesia

The place, where the most dangerous and frightening predator Komodo dragon lives, is in danger. Various coral species and marine mammals face the acidity, pollution and extinction. Also tourism and new human settlements threaten to change the once unspoiled nature. Therefore anyone who goes to a place like this have to be responsible and not to interfere with environment.

Why to go there?

One of the most endangered and unique natural environments in the world.

How to get there?

By ferry from Sape or Bali.

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1. Maldives

Sadly the most desirable vacation destination in the world can disappear by the end of the century. If the sea levels will keep rising at the current rate, the lowest lying nation will be devoured by the ocean. So if you have a chance visit the place until it is too late.

Why to go there?

One of the greatest holiday destinations: its pristine beaches, crystal clear water and numerous resorts will provide an unforgettable relaxation.

How to get there?

By plane to Malé International Airport or other local airports. Get around by boat.

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