Thursday, November 14, 2013

10 Places in the World to Visit

10 Places You Must See Before They Disappear

Easter Island

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Where: Chile
Known for its famous 887 moai—carved monolithic statues—Easter Island's future may be compromised by a fading culture.


Where: Antarctica
 According to NASA, the frozen continent of Antarctica is thawing. While it may be some time until it “melts” away, efforts are in place to minimize the environmental impact of tourism. Cruise ships carrying more than 500 passengers are no longer allowed to sail the straits.

Machu Picchu and Choquequirao

Where: Peru
Development will greatly affect the remains of the ancient civilization of Choquequirao, known as “the other Machu Picchu.” The Peruvian government recently announced the building of a 3-mile cable car to Machu Picchu’s “sister city.”
As a result, tourism will explode from five visitors a day to 3,000 when it opens in 2015.

Mount Kilimanjaro

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Where: Tanzania
Few spots in the world are as picturesque as the volcanic mountain of Kilimanjaro. Africa’s tallest peak is beloved by trekkers and was brought to life in Hemingway's short story, "The Snows of Kilimanjaro."
A study published by the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" says those snows are likely to be gone in 20 years, stating that 85 percent of the ice cap has already disappeared during the last century.

Great Barrier Reef

Where: Australia
Known as one of the world’s premier diving sites, the Great Barrier Reef is suffering from rising ocean temperature, water pollution, and fishing, which are causing erosion to the largest coral reef in the world. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the rate of disintegration to the 7,000-year-old reef is unprecedented; some scientists say that it could be dead within the next 40 years, taking a significant amount of sea life along with it.
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