The elephant arch Legzira in Morocco and the Azure Window in Malta can now be seen only in the photo. There are still many places in the world that are on the verge of extinction, but are still available.
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If you look at the Maldives from the top, you can see how little land is occupied and how far the sand extends under water – as if someone had circled the islands with a pale blue felt-tip pen. The highest point of the Maldives archipelago rises just 2.4 meters above the ocean, and because of global warming, the water level is constantly rising. The scientists considered everything and came to the conclusion that in the next hundred years the bounty islands will completely disappear. But so far everything goes on as usual: tourists are resting, the government is developing a rescue plan under palm trees, and businessmen are opening underwater hotels.
- Patagonia Glaciers, Argentina
Thinking of Argentina, you can imagine mate and tango, but not a huge frozen block. Meanwhile, the Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most exciting places in the Argentine part of Patagonia. It rises above the water by an average of 60 meters and looks just like a wall from the “Game of Thrones”. Scientists fear that millennial ice will be badly affected by global warming. In the meantime, tourists are watching with delight how powerful fragments break off from Perito Moreno and fall with a roar into the lake.
- Venice, Italy
The fact that Venice will soon sink, they say so long ago that at some point everyone stopped believing in it. Acqua alta’s annual floods have even turned into a feature of the city: many are planning a trip to stroll around San Marco in rubber boots. But in the autumn of 2018, when the “big water” flooded three-quarters of the city, even skeptics believed in the new Atlantis. However, you still have some time to travel to Venice: for the year, the old palazzo is immersed in a lagoon by only 5 millimeters.
- Shibam, Yemen
The heights of Shibam are wittily called the “Manhattan of the Desert.” Unusual buildings are really similar to the skyscrapers of New York, only people here are 650 times smaller, and a taxi with Carrie Bradshaw does not run along the narrow aisles between the houses. For clay buildings, the Shibam neighborhoods are remarkably well preserved: the oldest house has already survived four centuries. And while architecture protects UNESCO, it is becoming increasingly difficult to protect it from the effects of the weather.
- The historic center of Vienna, Austria
Well-groomed Austrian capital least expect to see in the same list with the dilapidated cities of the past. The World Heritage Committee ruled that Vienna was in danger when a couple of new buildings, too tall and modern, were going to be built in the historic center. Innovations are still in the project – it’s time to go to the city of strudel and balls, then to grumble with full authority that Vienna is not the same.
- Taj Mahal, India
For more than three centuries, the pure white Taj Mahal beamed like a beautiful smile of the past. It is located in the Agra city, India. But in recent years, it has become increasingly difficult for him to hide his age: the marble facade has turned yellow and darkened from time to time, and the wooden foundation has big problems. Recently, the Supreme Court of India threatened to demolish the wonder of the world, if the authorities did not bring it into shape in the near future.
- Bordeaux Vineyards, France
French wines are a special art form. To create unique Bordeaux notes in the drink, you need perfect light, humidity and temperature. This combination of conditions in a particular area is called an appellation . In recent years, something is wrong with the climate of the Bordeaux appellations: wet winters and hot dry summers shift the harvest season. Winemakers fear that soon the usual varieties will have to be changed by others, but while you still have time to look at a couple of chateaux and participate in the collection of merlot and cabernet sauvignon.
- Dead Sea, Israel and Jordan
Despite the name, life on the Dead Sea never ends. People come here to read books lying on the waves, to heal with curative mud and photograph salt figures that look like snow. But due to the shallowing of the Jordan River, the water body is reduced by a meter each year. And although it will not completely disappear from the surface of the earth, what remains will definitely not be called the sea.
- Buddha Statue in Leshan, China
It’s not so easy to take and disappear if you are one of the biggest Buddha statues on the planet. Therefore, when cracks were noticed on the body of a thousand-year-old giant, engineers undertook his total inspection. In ancient times, the statue was erected for almost a century, and even now, only infrared scanning takes several months. The toes of Buddha in length with the height of a man – this is definitely worth seeing at least once.
- Petra, Jordan
It is easy to imagine what a person feels delight when he first sees the Al-Khazneh temple. It takes twenty minutes to walk along a dark and narrow canyon, before the gaze rests on the grandiose columns carved by hand in stone thousands of years ago. Today, tourists are so eager to touch this miracle of the world with their own, which was only ten years old, so that the curved surface of the facade of Al-Hazne scaled four centimeters.
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