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10 Places to See Before They Disappear

So you’re thinking about summer vacation plans and trying to decide where you would most like to go. The world is at your fingertips, and there are so many possibilities. How do you decide which place

So you’re thinking about summer vacation plans and trying to decide where you would most like to go. The world is at your fingertips, and there are so many possibilities. How do you decide which places to visit? Well, you may want to consider visiting the places that are most likely to vanish in the near future. While most places in the world will be there for years to come, there are a few places that are on the verge of extinction. Several different factors contribute to this, including our environment, the possibility of natural disaster, and the corrosive effects of time.

Lest you think it is unlikely that these places will actually disappear, consider some spots that have already vanished. The names Pompeii, Petra, Roanoke, and New Orleans should all remind us that, sometimes in an instant and sometimes mysteriously, places can be wiped off the map, or changed forever. Some lesser known sites have also been erased from existence. The town of Reschensee, Italy, for example, was swallowed by water in 1950 when Lake Reschen overflowed, obliterating 1,290 acres of land. Several surrounding towns were also impacted, and a bell tower from a 14th century church still stands in the middle of the lake now as an ominous reminder. Another city, Pripyat, Ukraine was destroyed in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, when it was abandoned by residents who never returned. Other abandoned areas, like Bodie, CA, one of the famed “ghost towns” of the West, have been preserved as national historical sites.

Many locations will not be so fortunate, and we have already lost some amazing places to the fierceness of nature and other forces of destruction. Check out the list below to see some of the most enchanting places in the world that may soon be gone.

10 10: Mexico City      

This city in Mexico is often in the news for almost every reason except this one: it is in danger of falling in upon itself. But it’s true. Originally built on a lake bed, this underground reservoir has served as a holding tank for the city’s water. As they have begun excavating that water out from underneath the city to supply its residents, the city has started sinking. If nothing is done, it could collapse.

9 9: Bangladesh

8 8: Dead Sea

7 7: Everglades

6 6: Maldives

5 5: Patagonia

4 4: Glacier National Park

3 3: Egyptian pyramids

2 2: Great Barrier Reef

1 1: Venice

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