15 Natural Wonders Of The World That Are Quickly Disappearing

1. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

The popularity of all-terrain vehicles have damaged several of the park’s trails and streams. You might be getting to the good views faster, but at the cost of the very place you’re admiring.

2. The Everglades

The Everglades

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Urban devolpment and pollution have contributed to the destruction of more than half of America’s largest subtropical wilderness, which is also home to the endangered leatherback turtle.

3. Glacier National Park

Before climate change, you would have had your pick of 150 glaciers to visit in this park. Now, there aren’t even 25.

4. Yellowstone National Park

America’s oldest national park is suffering from air pollution and an infestation of beetles aggressively attacking its white bark pines.

5. Denali National Park and Preserve

Home of the highest mountain peak in North America, climate change has caused its glaciers to melt. The lack of snowfall is also taking a toll on the wildlife.

6. The Dead Sea

The salty water that makes us float like a fishing bobber has sunk 13 inches every year for the past 40 years. Cosmetic companies mining for minerals have also caused further drain.

7. The Great Smoky Mountains

North Carolina and Tennessee’s coal manufacturing plants have caused high levels of sulfur dioxide to obscure the scenic views with thick smog.

8. Mendenhall Glacier Ice Caves

Again, climate change has caused more and more caves to melt away every year.

9. The Ross Ice Shelf

Climate change is causing the 487,000 square kilometers of floating ice and the fresh water beneath it to evaporate making it one of the fastest-warming areas of the planet.

10. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

The rise in temperature has caused both the air and water to reduce their ice formation, producing several issues in the sandstone cliffs’ natural ecosystem.

11. Antarctica

If temperatures continue to rise, scientists predict that within 20 to 40 years, ice will completely cease to form, leading to tragic consequences for the wildlife.

12. Sequoia National Park

The frequency of wildfires in the area has caused a dramatic decrease in the park’s giant sequoia trees.

13. Kauai

Hawaii’s oldest island is in danger of being completely swept away by the surrounding waters as sea levels continue to rise.

14. Belize’s Barrier Reef

After suffering severe bleaching in 1998, half of the natural coral disappeared and continues to decline because of pollution, tourism, and development.

15. Forests of Madagascar

The fourth largest island in the world might have no forests to speak of in only

It’s our duty to protect this natural wonders for generations to come. Apart from the beauty they add to nature, they also contribute to bringing leisure and healthier environment for us all…

Sources: (Business Insider, Budget Travel, Scientific American)