One of the most popular landmarks in the world are there for hundreds, others thousands of years. Many of them have been lost and buried for thousands of years, and some may be lost forever under the influence of factors such as pollution and the impact of natural disasters. See some of the most endangered landmarks.
National Park Glacier
10 000 years ago the ice in the area of the National Park Geyser was a depth of about 1.6 km. The foundation of the park was about 150 glacier, today there are only 25, and by 2030 could completely disappear. Global warming is particularly detrimental to the area and the park has lost over 90% of the ice, which endanger many species that live in it.
Valley of the Kings
The tombs of the great pharaohs such as Ramses II and Tutankhamun have withstood hundreds of looters attacks, but are now threatened by another problem. Because of the huge number of tourists and poor ventilation in the tombs have appeared many fungal parasites that threaten to destroy them in the next 150 years.
Seychelles are a group of 115 islands located near the island of Madagascar. They were completely deserted until British sailors discovered them in the 17th century, then became a haven for pirates. Seychelles is famous for its population of whale sharks – the largest fish in the world. The islands may soon prove to be below sea level because of the destruction of coral reefs due to global warming. If the coral reefs disappear, the islands will have no protection against destructive sea storms and hurricanes.
Olympia is the town ever have started the ancient Olympic Games. Nowadays the city still lit famous Olympic fire, then transferred to the venue of the games. Ironically, fire threatens to destroy this ancient city. Thanks to global warming fires become more frequent, and in 2007 a large fire almost burned Olympia.
Chan Chan is an ancient city of the erstwhile powerful Chimu empire stretching along the northern coast of Peru. Settlement had irrigation system supplying the whole city with water – something that was unheard of at that time in “civilized” Europe. Today this ancient engineering marvel is threatened both by the attacks of marauders, and natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes.
Everyone has heard of Charles Darwin and how he was inspired to write his theory of evolution, while studying these remote islands. On the Galapagos Islands there are over 9000 species that are found nowhere else in the world. However, they found themselves threatened by the emergence of other species that eat their food and predators against which they do not have defense mechanisms. For too long, the islands were separated from the rest of the world and the lack of predators rather slowed the evolution of native species.
To build the Taj Mahal were needed 20 000 employees, 1000 elephants and 20 years. One of the most amazing buildings of antiquity is threatened by sparkling white to become yellow due to the large levels of pollution around.