World famous tourist attractions facing risk of extinction

Published on : Friday, November 11, 2016

world-famous-tourist-attractionsMany of the tourism wonders of the world are facing the risk of extinction due to climate change, deforestation, tourism and industry including famous White Cliffs Of Dover, the Great Barrier Reef, the Great wall Of China.

 

It has been revealed that England’s famous White Cliffs Of Dover are now eroding by up to 12 inches (32 cm) each year, a huge increase from the 0.8 inches (2 cm) a year the cliffs were losing up until a few hundred years ago.

 

According to a report last year, nearly a third of the Great Wall of China has completely disappeared. A total of 1,220 miles of the wall, which dates back more than 2000 years, has vanished. Only eight percent of the Wall is well-preserved which was first built 700 years ago.

 

In the Middle East, the Dead Sea which separates Israel and Jordan is retreating by about a metre a year.

 

Venice is sinking into the water more than five times quicker than previously thought. The city is also tilting to the east and heading out to the Adriatic Sea by an unprecedented 2mm per year over the last decade.

 

The Dead Sea’s water level is also dropping by an average of one metre every year. It is estimated that the Dead Sea’s water level has dropped by more than 131ft (40 metres) since the 1950s.

 

In addition to these tourist sites, there are many other popular destinations which are also facing the risk of extinction such as the paradise islands of the Maldives, 18,000-year-old Chacaltaya glacier in the Andes of Bolivia, Nazca lines in southern Peru.

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