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25 Places You Must Visit Before They Disappear

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Photo credit: Gettyimages

More than likely, you’ve heard the phrase “The Seven Wonders of the World.” But did you know that all but one of these spectacular ancient wonders have disappeared from the face of the earth?

The original seven wonders were considered the lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt; the statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece; the hanging gardens of Babylon in Iraq; the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in Turkey; the temple of Artemis in Turkey; and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt — the only one still in existence today.

The lesson here is obvious. You shouldn’t take the fascinating and beautiful things in this world for granted because one day they could disappear. The following are ten world treasures that are, sadly, at risk of disappearing from the face of this earth for various reasons. If you haven’t already seen these amazing places, you might want to consider moving them to the top of your must-see list now.

1. The Endangered Serengeti – Tanzania

Today, the endless plains of the Serengeti are still teeming with gazelle, lions, elephants, giraffes and cheetahs– just to name a few of the species that can be seen in this huge Tanzanian national park.

The Serengeti is also the site of the greatest mammal migration on earth.

Every year approximately 2 million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle move through the park, following the life-giving rains and the resulting grass.

Accompanying the vast herds are hungry predators, such as lions and hyenas. And following all of the animals are thousands of humans crowded into Jeeps and looking for that perfect picture.

Unfortunately, the wild world of the Serengeti is under attack. The government of Tanzania wants to build a road through the park that would connect its coastal area to Lake Victoria as well as to the African countries that lie to its west. If this road is built, conservationists fret that it could cut right through the great migration’s route near the Kenyan border. How bad could this be for the Serengeti?

In an opinion piece for “Nature” magazine, scientists wrote that the road “could lead to the collapse of the largest remaining migratory system on earth.” As of May 2014, the fate of the road — and the migration — is still in the hands of the Tanzanian court system.

  • Oil Can Harry

    Before I get to a tenth of them, I’ll disappear. They wouldn’t be the first ruins to tumble down. Don’t worry about it. A new generation will build something else. These things are past their buy/use date anyway.

  • Jim Hise

    I’ll add the eleventh. The Republic of the United States of America. Will soon be no more. No United states now.

  • saul

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Don’t know about the Maldives, but Antarctica has the most sea ice it’s had in 35 years. the “warming trend” allegedly happening will still take 1000 years to melt it. That’s not a typo.

    • MutantMessiah

      Why are glaciers around the world receding? Have you looked at a graph of world temperature over the last 1,000 or 10,000 years? If you had, you’d see it suddenly is shooting up at an alarming rate beginning at about the beginning of the 20th century.

      I read the Washington Post article. Did you read it all, or just the headline? Because if you’d read the whole article, you’d have learned that even though the sea ice is increasing slightly, the world’s temperature is nevertheless increasing. Even “the water beneath the sea ice has warmed, not cooled.”

      You “Don’t know about the Maldives” and a lot more, it seems.

      • Danny K

        They’ve been receding for millions of years. What was the temperature 1000 years ago? 10,000 years ago? You have the data pajama boy? The temp has risen 1.5 degrees since the mid 1700’s. Four one hundredths of one percent. That’s the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere. You really think that’s causing your glaciers to melt or coastal regions to become submerged? Keep cheery-picking your data. Sounds like you are a fan of the fraud Mann’s hockey stick. Fool.

        • MutantMessiah

          The US Geological Survey says that glaciers reached their maximum size about 1850. I think you’re a bit off on your facts. Or do you know more than the scientists at the USGS?

          Did you ever look at the graphs of world temperature from 1,000 and 10,000 years ago to the present? I doubt it. If you had, you’d have seen the Earth’s temperature begin to skyrocket about the turn of the last century.

          Your “argument” is based on a completely ridiculous claim that glaciers “have been receding for millions of years” and a single cherry-picked piece of data about CO2 in the atmosphere. Oh, and a couple of juvenile insults.

    • miknel

      Yeah, sea ice that was land ice sliding into the ocean, thereby displacing ocean water, raising sea levels.

  • Mykel Larson

    Sounds like tourism is killing a few of these places…should’ve called this article, “10 Places You Absolutely Should NOT Visit” and kept it to yourself.

  • Soda

    Climate Change is a proven hoax, and yet there are still two bit websites like this one trying to make their cut of the fraud. Give me a break.

    • toonybrain

      Gotta keep pushing that big-government agenda! Individuals can’t be trusted with freedom; gotta reign them in. Fear. Make them afraid, then they’ll trade their freedom (and $$$) for the illusion of security.

    • Your1Friend

      Big Oil thanks you for your support.

    • miknel

      Yeah, right, so is gravity. But the biggest scientific hoax is that water is H20. You should run for a Darwin Award.

    • Enginer

      Millions of people believe (correctly) that mankind is not being a good steward of the Planet Earth, but are choosing to back this lie as the means to push for action. Not a wise choice.

  • Mark Davis

    The US a true democracy with Capitalism will be gone soon. Say hello to Socialism with Hussain Obama as Dictator

    • MutantMessiah

      You a paranoid fool. If you really believe that, why don’t you take your guns and storm the White House?

  • Danny K

    I’ve never read such a pile of horsesh**. The only thing endangered is Western Civilization, because of progressives. There is no money. Guilty white bullsh**.

    • MutantMessiah

      Fool. It was George W. Bush who started two stupid, costly wars and who trashed the economy. Reagan tripled the national debt with his failed policy of “trickle down economics”.

      • Danny K

        Keep up the deficit spending started by Kennedy. Throw in the Great Society from Johnson and the EPA started by Nixon. Mix with Carter’s emasculation of the country and Clinton’s Community Re-investment Act. Throw in rear admiral Barney Franks’ continued guaranteed loans to those who couldn’t pay them back and the current administration, about to destroy the private sector economy with new energy restrictions because of climate change. What do you get? A progressive nightmare. Unsustainable entitlement spending, open borders, no space program, downsizing the military and more interest in gender re-identification surgery for pvt. Manning than our real heroes in Veterans Hospitals. Progressives controlled the purse from Nov. 2006-Nov. 2009. Who’s the fool?

        • MutantMessiah

          The best run economy was under Clinton. Go look at some graphs of national deficits and the debt.

          The borders are more secure and more people being sent back now than under George W. Bush. The economy is now doing far better now than under Bush.

          Look at some graphs: from 1960 to 1980 the national debt is fairly steady (adjusted for inflation). Reagan’s failed “trickle down economics” caused it to soar. It isn’t brought under control until 1995, under Clinton. Then, under George W. Bush, it shoots up. Two stupid wars and the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression will do that, you know.

          I see that you’re an anti-gay bigot, aren’t you? Are you a Tea Partier?

          • Danny K

            The 90’s boom was because of Reagan. Clinton only gets part of the credit. Alan Greenspan, the fall of the Soviet Union, corruption and cheating among members of OPEC bring gas to $10.00/barrel all contributed to the strong economy. The community reinvestment act was the driving force behind the horrible recession we recently experienced. You can also go look at graphs comparing the Reagan recovery compared with the amateur we currently are stuck with. Clinton did do a very good job managing an economy he really didn’t have much to do with. Just paraphrasing what I’m sure is a hero of yours there-Paul Krugman. Your data about more deportations is incorrect. You’re just repeating leftist talking pints. Can’t stand the in-your-face gaystapo bullies and I do think we pay too much in taxes. Government has a spending problem. clear?

          • dynamite

            I’ll admit the Clinton years were good years economically, but only because Clinton is more of a centrist than most Democrats and the fact he basically left businesses alone with a liasie faire attitude. Sometimes the best thing to do is to do nothing at all. In Clinton’s case he did very little regarding the economy, therefore the economy took off. You can’t say that about Obama, he’s meddled in the economy a lot and nearly every time it’s had a detrimental effect. His one success: oil and gas production has shot thru the roof. You want to know why? Because he has basically let the oil and gas production companies operate without government intervention. However, where he has meddled: Keystone Pipeline and now the coal restrictions could lead to long-term damage to our economy.

        • Your1Friend

          You forgot almost all the “details” in your far-right, revisionist, cherry picking misadventure.

          • Danny K

            You’re a little late to the party, but bring me up to speed please, my one friend. Refute my points, if you can. In the meantime, 18 years with no warming and parts of the U.S. breaking all-time cold temperature records for July. Revise that.

          • Your1Friend

            The evidence is all about you; for those who have eyes to see, there is no question about global warming.

          • Danny K

            So the NOAA changed temperature data from the 1930’s to fit their computer models making 2012 the hottest year ever. Then, last month, they changed it back. Are my eyes lying? Antarctic ice sheet June 2014, new record for sea ice. No warming for last 18 years. Australia abandons carbon tax. P.T. Barnum said it best: “there’s a Your1Friend born every minute.” Big scam. Long live internal combustion, fool.

  • Amy Emerson

    Going…going…almost gone.

  • MutantMessiah

    I wish professional writers knew proper grammar: “…FEWER than 8,000 travelers visited Angkor Wat…”, not “less”. The word “less” is for non-count nouns like water or air. “Fewer” is for count nouns, like travelers.

  • Wrathtard

    Did everybody read the same article? I just read the headline and came down to the comment section and it’s the same tiresome screaming match between rednecks and fruitcakes.

  • SupposeItsNot

    Venice; “charming” canals? Have you ever actually been there and smelled those canals?

  • dynamite

    Wow is this article biased to make people believe humans are causing global warming and that we can actually do something to stop it. Global warming would still be happening even if humans were extinct. For those unaware, the Earth is reaching it’s peak level for temperature and greenhouse gas just as it has done every 100,000 years before due to natural 100,000 year cycles called Milankovitch cycles. What we’re experiencing today happens regularly on Earth. How do we know this? Ice cores and deep-sea cores have been taken that show an accurate record of Earth’s temperature and greenhouse gas levels reaching back roughly 800,000 years for ice core data and over a million years for deep-sea cores. The global warming crowd won’t tell you this because they want to control us by eliminating the use of fossil fuels by making it so prohibitively expensive to use that we will be forced to shell out tons of money to them so they can create their utopian socialist world. That’s why their claim that humans are responsible for global warming rarely refer back more than 250 years which conveniently coincides with the end of the Little Ice Age and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution when humans began burning more fossil fuels. So next time you hear that a consensus of scientists agree that humans are responsible for global warming, ask yourself, when was a scientific theory ever proven by merely taking a vote. Real scientific theories are determined by studying the data (especially over long periods to see if there are any regular patterns). In global warming’s case that pattern has been proven (Milankovitch cycles) that are not human caused but rather by variations in Earth’s orbit around the sun and variations in the tilt of Earth’s axis.

    • dynamite

      If you want to see the graph showing Earth’s temperature and greenhouse gas levels for the past 420,000 years look up: It’s a great unbiased article with the graph located roughly 2/3rds of the way into the article. I guarantee you’ll learn something.

      • Buzz Lightyear

        Seriously? Unbiased? You mean they were able to record the earth’s temperature and greenhouse gases 420,000 years ago? Mankind wasn’t around 420,000 years ago, who was taking the temperature back then?

  • Anti Fabian

    Yeah and when I was a kid the Amazon rain forest was depleting at the rate of a million acres a day, and it would not be long before the entire Amazon would be gone and the earth would be destroyed because of it. If you run the numbers, based on the square mileage divided by acres, the Amazon should have been completely depleted before the year 2000 got here. As usual, its all just more lies and propaganda. I have family that live in Australia and New Zealand and they happen to know that the great barrier reef is actually continuing to grow and get bigger. This is a lie that it is being destroyed. Most of all its a lie that it is being destroyed by Global Warming Climate change. Satellite data cannot lie. There is no global warming, and climate change has been taking place since the dawn to time. Scientists bought and paid for by Progressives can, will and do lie. A lie foisted on us for decades now by the Global Warming Climate Change liars. So… I wonder how long it will be now before a Progressive minion on this thread calls me some kind of insulting name. 3….2….1….

  • nolackawanna

    A lovely article about the vanishing wonders of the world turns into an ignorant rant by climate change deniers. All of us who appreciated the article would love for all of you to take your own trip–to the moon, one way. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.