The United States landscape is the home to all types of unique natural creations that took millions of years to cultivate, but as the world’s population as well as the needs for more space continues to grow there is a risk that some might be lost to generations in the future. On your next family vacation think about these Top 5 places that are disappearing and enjoy them before they are gone.
The Florida Everglades is the largest “subtropical wilderness” in the US, but due to human advance, animals that are rare are losing homes. The National Park covers over 1.5 million acres and offers all types of outdoor fun, such as: kayaking, camping, hiking, boating and watching birds only to name a few.
These are rugged cliffs that run along the southern coast of California that have panoramic views of Pacific Ocean. These cliffs are popular places for surfers, weddings, and whale watchers. The sandstone bluffs that feature sea caves and arches are being eroded by runoff from irrigation and developments.
These are reefs that are quite delicate, and are the only living coral left in the United States. They are must for those enthusiastic divers, boaters, and snorkelers; the park also has a “trail” underwater that lets visitors explore shipwrecks inside the park. But, the popularity of the reefs is what is contributing to its demise. Some of this coral has declined by 90 percent partly because of overfishing.
Pueblo Indians built 600 of these cliff dwellings back hundreds of years ago, carving them in the sheer walls of sandstone. These well-preserved dwellings range from one room to a 150 room “palace”. But even at its remote location, invasive plant life, pollution and runoff are some of the environmental problems that this park is fighting.
As well as glaciers, this park is home to grey wolves, bears, lynx, and golden eagles. It also has more than 740 miles of trails, so never forget your hiking boots. In the 1850s, this park had 150 glaciers; today only 27 remain. By 2030 all will be gone.