7 Sights To Visit Before They Disappear - December - 2018
GoCruise – 19th December 2018
Heading into 2019, you may be thinking about where you want your next adventure to take you. With so many destinations to choose from, you might get lost with where to start and, with many of the world’s exotic wildlife and historic monuments under threat, time may be running out to experience some of our planet’s most amazing attractions. So, here is our list of 7 must-see destinations before they disappear.
Known for its fantastic biodiversity and home to an abundance of indigenous wildlife, it is no surprise that the Amazon Rainforest has made it onto this list. Although it has been around for millions of years, almost 40 percent of the forest has been destroyed due to deforestation over the last half a century. Conservationists and documentaries, including BBC’s Planet Earth, have brought the issue to light, but it’s estimated at this rate that the forest could be gone by 2055.
The Olympic Games has been an iconic event since 776 BC, with Olympia being where it all started. The now historical site creates a vivid memory of the first Olympians to ever compete for the sacred olive leaf wreaths or crowns. Over recent years, the site has experienced a number of wildfires, caused by hot and dry summers, which have been encroaching on the ruins. If you are planning to visit and re-live the wonders that took place here, you may want to plan your trip sooner rather than later.
Summer sun and warm waters pull thousands of tourists here each year with the promise of a good tan and the chance to recharge their batteries. Unfortunately, as the Maldives is the lowest lying country in the world, it is likely to be the first to experience the issue of rising sea levels. It’s predicted that, by the end of the twenty-first century, the Maldives could be the first country lost to our oceans.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The main poster-child for Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is currently home to 2,900 coral reefs, 600 islands and more than 1,500 species of fish. This stunning natural habitat stretches almost 2,300 kilometres along the Queensland coast and has brought many great documentaries to our screens.
However, in the space of 30 years, Australia’s beloved reef has lost around half of its coral coverage and it’s predicted this ecosystem could face irreversible changes by 2030. Fortunately, research is underway to better understand what is happening in the reef, with new discoveries happening each day.
Known for its diverse canal system and ability to ‘float’, the city of Venice has recently been acknowledged as the ‘sinking city’ instead. Studies show different results, some saying that the city is still sinking whilst others suggest that the ground beneath has stabilized. But, either way, the rising sea levels are causing a real issue to the point that the city is slowly disappearing to the depths below. Different measures, such as mobile flood gates, are being looked into in a hope to save this extraordinary city.
The Alaskan Tundra, Alaska, USA
As one of the largest bodies of ice in the southern hemisphere, Argentina’s Patagonian glaciers are a sight to behold. The Glaciers cover around 12,363 kilometres with almost 10,000 of that situated in Chile, but the Perito Moreno Glacier (based in Argentina) is the main attraction. Unlike the other 90% of the glaciers in the region (45 of 48), this one is still advancing. So, before the majority of the ice sheets vanish from the surface, you might want to see this region in its full glory.
Patagonian Ice Fields, Argentina and Chile
Covering a large proportion of the isolated American state, the Alaskan Tundra has been a home to the indigenous people and wildlife for centuries. In recent years, Alaska has experienced vast changes to both its landscape and the temperatures during the different months. This is having a large impact on the wildlife that lives here, including the notorious polar bears, which are now being driven towards towns and cities.
As we are all aware, many of the things on this list are not going to last forever, so make 2019 your year for exploring more of what the world has to offer. If you would like to book a cruise to one of these destinations, call us today on 0800 121 8250 or click here to contact us through the website.