8 Places to Disappear from the Face of the Earth

With the mounting consequences of the global warming and the rise of the ocean levels as one of them, some immensely valuable locations are about to disappear. Considering the irreversible effects of the global warming, you might want to visit them before they are gone. We present you with the top destinations that are predicted to disappear until the end of the century: Winter resorts around the world – The average temperatures in the world are predicted to rise by 1.1°C in the next 40 years, which means that the greater part of the snow on the mountains is going to melt. The process will ruin the winter resorts like Whistler (Canada) and Kitzbuhel (Austria). The disappearance of around half of the ski terrains is expected by 2050.

 

Winter_snow_in_Kitzbühel-01  via Wikimedia Commons, By Valerii Tkachenko, license CC-BY-2.0

The Great Barrier Reef (Australia) – The reef made from billions of tiny coral polyps is inhabited by around 7.150 different species and is the largest structure of living organisms. Since the reef is extremely sensitive to pollution, it is expected to disappear by 2030.

Reef_Snorkelling_on_the_Great_Barrier_Reef-02  via Wikimedia Commons, By (WT-shared) Queensland at wts wikivoyage, license CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0

Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) – Although very popular among climbers, the highest mountain in Africa is melting fast. Since 1912, Kilimanjaro has lost around 85% of the snow on its peaks, and the snow is expected to disappear completely by 2025.

mount-kilimanjaro-03  via africatravelresource

Venice (Italy) – The city famous for its romantic canals is under a great threat – water. In the last century only, Venice plunged for around 1 ft, and the city gets flooded approximately a hundred times a year. Dangerous floods are expected by 2050, so it is no wonder if Venice becomes the city without any residents by 2040.

04-Rialto Bridge, Italy, Venice-3 via canuckabroad

The Maldives (Republic of the Maldives)– The Republic of the Maldives consists of 1.192 islands with a highest point above the sea level of only 7.5 ft. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are expected to completely disappear in the ocean waters. By 2070, experts predict that around 70% of the territory of the Maldives will be under water.

The Maldives -05  via holidayxp

New York (USA) – In the region of the city of New York, it is estimated that the ocean levels will rise 50% faster compared to the world average. With more than 600 miles of coastal area, building flood embankments would be quite the challenge. The estimates say that by 2075 the sea levels in this area will rise by 5 ft.

New York -06  via worldpropertychannel

New Orleans (USA) – New Orleans plunges under water by ¼ of and inch every year, and some parts of the city are already 8 ft below the sea level. It is estimated that the whole city will be under water by 2090.

USACE_New_Orleans_skyline-07  via Wikimedia Commons, By Michael Maples, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers [Public domain]

Shanghai (China) – Shanghai is a metropolis built on top of unsteady foundations in marshy land, and as a consequence it has plunged 8 ft between 1921 and 1965. Today, under the immense weight of the modern skyscrapers the city sinks for around ½ in, and major parts of the city are expected to be frequently flooded by 2100.

Shanghai skyline at night, panoramic. China, East Asia.  via Wikimedia Commons, By Mstyslav Chernov (Own work) CC-BY-SA-3.0

The ocean levels are continuing to raise with a different pace, which is influenced by many factors, primarily the weight of the water, the underwater currents and the salinity. On average, the ocean levels rise for about 0.6 in, and if this pace continues, they are expected to rise for about 4.5 ft by the end of the century. It is going to bring a significant change of life for people living in the coastal areas, and around 10% of the world’s population is going to face permanent displacement.

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