The 7 Wonders of the World were declared by UNESCO as a heritage that should be protected from elemental destruction and that never exempts human interruption like a thief, graffiti and alterations among others. Sadly speaking, these wonders of the world will not last forever; perhaps they might even disappear sooner if greenhouse effect would continue with it’s climate change.
One day, the next generation of archaeologists may have to study these heritages, not above the ground but in fact underwater.
Here are some wonders of the world heritage sites that may go underwater:
1. Moai of Easter Island
If the mysterious statues of Rapa Nui also known as the Moai of Easter Island could speak and move, they would certainly have a word with the industrial countries to stop polluting the world, stop damaging the rainforests so that there isn’t any dramatic climate change.
These statues made of hard rock stone blocks, carved to form a head and a torso were built by the Polynesians around 2,000 years ago. The first settler of Rapa Nui built the Moai as a symbol of their religion in the form of art. For the Polynesians, the statues are built to stand and watch over the inhabitants.
Archaeologists, who are studying and protecting the statues are now worried about the drastic change in the climate. They have noticed that the statues are different from what they saw 5 years ago. Slowly the statues are beginning to erode due to the extreme temperature and sudden pouring of rain. Other than the physical change, it is notable that the coastal ground is slowly sinking due to the rise of sea level.
2. Sydney Opera House
“The great architectural work of the 20th century” as dubbed by the UNESCO will be threatened by the rising sea level. This 43-year old building stands 11 feet above sea level and is one of the 7 wonders of the world that by 2100 will, unfortunately, be one of the sites to be studied under the ocean.
3. Elephanta Caves
Located in Western India, Elephanta caves stand tall since the mid-5th- 6th century AD. The majestic cave holds the sculpture of Shiva and the three representations – The Creator, Preserver, and The Destroyer.
The cave was the emergence of a long preservation of their artistic tradition but still maintained the innovation. However, the impact of frequent monsoons and climate change it is affecting the majestic Elephanta cave. With the increasing temperature and the rising sea levels, there is no doubt that the cave will never be seen again.
This is an island community located in Normandy, France. The commune had been there since 8th century AD. It is one of the pride of French people and many locals and foreigners have been visiting the place.
However, there has been an occasional raise of the water levels that surrounds the island. This results to hard accessibility of the people to the place. Another reason is when weather temperature keeps increasing, the place has a higher risk of going underwater.
5. The ruins of Leptis Magna
Leptis Magna port in Libya had been part of Roman Empire history. It’s been standing in the place for a thousand years. It’s been preserved for a very long time.
On the other hand, there is a possibilities that part of it will be under the water since it’s on the Sert Bay of Mediterranean sea.
6. Konark Sun Temple in India
The temple is said to be built by Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty. Though, parts of it are now in ruins, it is a world heritage site. It is visited by different people all over the world.
But, the place is near the sea and if is a melting of an ice sheet then the site will be swimming in water.
7. The Statue of Liberty
The statue is made up of copper and designed by a French guy. It represents the Roman goddess, Libertas. Statue of liberty is a gift to Americans from the French.
Unfortunately, with a rise of 3 feet sea level it could lead to an unexpected event, such as flood around the location of the statue.