Amazing Tourist Attractions That No Longer Exist Because We’ve Destroyed Them

Amazing Tourist Attractions That No Longer Exist Because We’ve Destroyed Them


– [Narrator] Mother nature
has several masterpieces that leave us in awe. But because of humankind,
many of them get destroyed. Marvels that have existed for thousands and even millions of years disappearing in a matter of seconds
thanks to our intervention. Here is a list of 10 of
the most amazing ones that we’ve carelessly destroyed. (peppy music) – [Cartoon] Amazing. – [Narrator] Number 10. Duckbill Rock Formation, Oregon. The Duckbill Rock Formation was a very popular tourist attraction in the pacific Northwest. And why wouldn’t it be? Seeing a sandstone pedestal
shaped like a duck’s bill? Yes, please. The iconic formation was so
beloved that Oregon State Parks decided to erect barriers
so that it would not be toppled accidentally. When officials found the
rubble in August 2016, they reflected on its fragility. Until a video surfaced with the truth. Was it age? Gravity? Nope. Just a group of teenage
quacks, pun intended. The amazing feat of the wind
transforming a lump of rock over thousands of years into the duckbill was destroyed in seconds
by some teen vandals. Unfortunately, they were never caught. Still, they haven’t exactly
had great examples before them. In 2013, Glenn Taylor was
leading a group of Boy Scouts through Goblin Valley
when they came across the Goblins of Utah. These goblins occur when a harder rock sits atop a softer rock and protects the softer rock beneath it, and over millions of years, the soft rock elsewhere
erodes, leaving a pinnacle. These can be found
nowhere else in the world, and if it were up to
Glenn and his buddies, they would not be found at all. Instead of admiring this phenomenon, Glenn saw it as a safety hazard. Or at least, that’s the excuse he made when questioned as to why he destroyed it. I’m not quite sure who the
real MVP is in this story. Glenn, who with a few shoves destroyed one of nature’s wonders;
his son, who high-fived him when he did; or the cameraman, David Hall, who thought it was a
good idea to film it all and upload the video. Taylor and Hall were later both charged with third-degree felonies, which included a year of probation and a fine to pay for warning signs telling future visitors
to leave the rocks alone. Number 9. The Tree of Tenere. This was the only tree for 250 miles in Niger’s Sahara desert, the sole reminder of a greener Sahara, serving as a landmark
for nomads for centuries. Bad news nomads,. It seems that you will have to wander for maybe a century more, because the miracle of this tree surviving in that inhospitable environment
would soon become a tragedy caused by a bottle, or several, of liquor. In 1973, an intoxicated Libyan driver plowed into the loneliest tree on earth, snapping its trunk. “But officer, that tree
came out of nowhere.” Yeah, it literally did. Today, the remnants of
the dead tree can be found in the Niger National Museum, and a metal sculpture erected in the place the tree once stood. Number 8. Paleolithic Cave Paintings,
Grotte De Lascaux. In 1940, Jacques Marsal and his three fellow French teenagers, while searching for their missing dog, stumbled across a cave with a
gallery of over 600 paintings and 500 engravings on
limestone, depicting animals, humans, hunting, and abstract signs. This art was considered to be the work of more than 1,000 generations. Unfortunately, the generation
that followed the discovery would not be good for its survival. The unique character and physical realism made the site the pride
and joy for Montignac, attracting a vast majority of visitors. These visitors carried heat,
humidity and other contaminants which altered the cave’s climate. This and the unsuccessful
attempts at air conditioning have led to the growth
of a pervasive fungus that threatened to cover the masterpieces. 23 years after its discovery,
in 1963, it was closed. Still, to satisfy the
public’s desire to view it, Lascaux II was opened in 1983, which is an elaborate replica
of key parts of the cave. Its purpose is to present an impression of the paintings’ scale and composition for the public without
harming the originals. Number 7. The Aral Sea. The Aral Sea, once the fourth
largest lake in the world, has now become the world’s
most dramatic disappearing act. In the 1960s, the Soviet Union
took on an irrigation project that diverted the rivers
that once fed the Aral Sea. It has since been steadily shrinking. The series of images captured by the Moderate Resolution
Imaging Spectroradiometer shows its dramatic
reduction from 2000 to 2018. In 2000, the lake was already a fraction of its original size. Now you sea it, now you don’t. The drying up of the
Aral Sea also devastated the fisheries and communities
that depended on them. The remaining water
grew increasingly salty and became polluted with
fertilizer and pesticides. It has now become an eerie site with degraded soil and a
few strewn rusting ships. In 2005, Kazakhstan built a
dam in a last-ditch effort to save the lake, but
it would never become what it once was. Number 6. BoeungKak Lake, Cambodia. The BoeungKak Lake was
once a beautiful lake and lakeside area in the
northern part of Phnom Penh. International visitors would
frequent the scenic area and stay in guesthouses, eat,
drink, and watch the sunsets. Today, it is basically a
puddle of its former self. In 2007, the Cambodian government
granted development rights to Shukaku Inc., which by 2010, filled over 90% of the lake with sand to make way for buildings
and various developments. That company is owned
by the wife of a senator of the ruling party. The deal not only eliminated
tourism in the area but also had disastrous effects
on the 4,000 plus families that depended on the lake for survival. Many either had to relocate,
deal with frequent flooding, or receive some small
amount of compensation. Number 5. Fairy Shrimp, Uluru, Australia. Humans seem to be talented at also destroying entire species. What is Uluru? Uluru is one of Australia’s
best-known landmarks. A rock created over 600 million years ago, and once sat at the bottom of a sea but now stands 348 meters above ground. What is Uluru not? A loo. Let me explain. The Branchinella Latzi
was a rare fairy shrimp that was found only in the
pools of water on Uluru. They all disappeared in the ’70s. In 2009, retired wildlife
science professor, Brian Timms, did some research
and came to the conclusion that human waste from
tourists was the culprit, after visitors took to
defecating on top of Uluru because there were no toilets available. Talk about being party poopers. What’s worse is that the Uluru has great spiritual significance to Australia’s indigenous Anangu people. They ask that people do
not climb Uluru at all. Their culture, however, prevents
them from stopping visits as they believe that people
should know right from wrong and have to take responsibility
for their own actions. Clearly, not everyone thinks that way, or else visitors would at
least walk with a plastic bag. Number 4. The Chacaltaya Glacier, Bolivia. This was once the world’s
highest ski resort, where you could ski above
the clouds at 17,388 feet or 5,300 meters while
admiring the beautiful views of Lake Titicaca. Due to the effects of climate changes, 80% of the glacier was lost in 20 years and the rest vanished in 2009, which was six years
earlier than predicted. The ski area, which was a
place where tourists visited all year round, is now a ghost town with an abandoned building. Not only was tourism
affected but the residents. Their local water supplies
are also dependent on the surrounding glaciers. Maybe if humanity had gotten this good at making glaciers disappear back in 1912, the Titanic would have made it. Number 3. Nazca Lines, Peru. The 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines, deemed one of the greatest enigmas of the archaeological world by UNESCO is a series of images
scratched into the surface of a coastal plain about
225 miles south of Lima. It’s the world’s best-known
collection of geoglyphs. To fully appreciate its magnificence, it should be viewed from above. So clearly, a site as spectacular as this must be mutilated by humans
not once but several times. And it has been, partly
because its in close proximity to the Pan-American highway
that runs through the site. And one of the least responsible
publicity stunts ever, enter Greenpeace. In 2014, the Peruvian government was angered by the activists
when they conducted a publicity stunt during
UN climate change talks being held in Lima. They laid a sign saying, Time for Change The Future
in Renewable Greenpeace, next to the etching of a hummingbird. Their footprints and the sign, however, caused damage to the site. They aren’t the only ones
to damage it, though. Drivers also cause damage when
they cut through the plain. In February 2018, a truck
driver intentionally drove his tractor-trailer off a roadway that runs through the historic site and damaged three geoglyphs. He was arrested and expected to be charged with an attack against cultural heritage” Number 2. Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile. The Torres Del Paine
National Park is the epitome of beautiful parks,
with attractions such as granite rock formations, the
Grey and Dickson glaciers, numerous waterfalls, and
a variety of wildlife. But despite being a beautiful
wonderland of ice and nature, this Park gets destroyed by so
many fires caused by humans, it is almost a tradition. The first one was in February of 2005, and lasted for ten days and
destroyed 7% of the park. A tourist was using a gas
stove in a grassland area where camping was prohibited. Then In February 2011,
a tourist lit a bonfire in another unauthorized
area, but thankfully, rain prevented this fire from
causing extensive damages. But to make up for this
it seems, another tourist caused a second fire in December of 2011, by burning some toilet paper. This forced the park’s closure between 29 December
2011 and 4 January 2012. But that’s not the last time. In 2015, two further tourists were banned from the Park for two years when they were trying to start an illegal campfire. I think at this point
a ban on all tourists might be warranted, or
perhaps consider installing a fire suppression system
for the entire park. But before I reveal the number one, here are some honorable mentions. Graffiti artist tags
multiple National Parks. Social media marketing is hard. You write a blog and
post interesting pictures to get followers, yet to no avail. What’s the next obvious step? Post nudes? Buy followers? Umm, no, clearly the next
step is to go touring U.S. National Parks and leave
giant murals of your face and social media accounts all over them. Or so Casey Nocket thought. The graffiti artist was
banned from all national parks and other federally administered land, which is more than 20% of the US, and sentenced to 200
hours of community service for her artwork in at
least six national parks. Next up, Die Badende, a.k.a The Bather. In 2011, a giant floating
styrofoam sculpture of a woman bathing, was placed in the Alster Lake in Hamburg. Many tourists were in such
awe of the 67-feet long, 2-ton sculpture, that they
rented out paddleboats to get a closer look,
and kept bashing into it. This creation by German
sculptor, Oliver Voss, was said to be an advertisement for the British beauty products
company, Soap and Glory, to promote the art of bathing. This definitely got the
attention it was looking for, as the sculpture had to
be removed after ten days. Number 1. Maya Beach, Thailand. This picturesque bay,
known for its clear waters, white sand, and lush, towering cliffs, served as the location for
the 2000 movie, The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and has since seen a massive influx of tourism that has caused the deterioration of the bay’s ecological system. The small beach started receiving up to 5,000 tourists and 200 boats a day. The pollution from the boats,
litter, and other contaminants caused extensive damage to
the coral around the Maya Bay. Despite the clear evidence
of the damage being done, however, Thai officials were
hesitant to shut it down since it generated a
great amount of revenue. It was temporarily closed for four months from June 2018 but this
was hardly enough time for the bay to recover from
the increased activity. As such, in October, the Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation announced that the closure would continue until the ecosystem
returned to a normal state. Unfortunately, this might take many years, and so volunteers are working to try to rehabilitate the area. So, do you think the
people caught destroying these amazing attractions should
have been punished harsher, or do you think they
got what they deserved? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section down below. And thanks for watching. (peppy music)

100 thoughts on “Amazing Tourist Attractions That No Longer Exist Because We’ve Destroyed Them

  1. Enjoying this depressing topic? Great news… there's more! Watch more human destruction here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg-7Tv8Muxw

  2. You forgot about how uluru can change color and by the way no one can climb uluru it has been close for a while now

  3. Those who wants to save the earth apparently cause more damages than good. Goodjob greenpeace you fucking idiots.

  4. A man found the world's largest free standing boulder in the socal desert. Dug under it creating a living space and a library. He built a round building with a dome roof saying it focused the "life force". The reason for the underground home? He said our solar system was going to pass thru another solar system. The reason for the "Integratron" building and its powers? He said he was in touch with people from venus and they told him it would help us to find ourselves and our purpose in the universe. He was dismissed as a kook and ignored by everyone. He turned up missing his wife said he went to venus. No one has seen or heard from him again. They started looking at the building..W. T. F. !!! The world's greatest engineers have made it their quest to figure out what holds it together!!! No nails no screws no adhesives no fasteners of any kind all of the parts are shaped and touching that's it. He is not here to tell anyone how it works or how its built. Then it was announced we were going to pass through another solar system (in 10,000.years but he KNEW IT FIRST). Then a group of subhuman cretins built a bonfire at the base of the boulder called "Giant Rock" the heat eventually caused the rock to split in half. Why are they searching the universe for intelligent life when they should still be looking here on earth?

  5. I feel so sad for the coming generations and centuries of people who will never ever get to see and experience our amazing and wonderful planet, they'd have to do it on another planet. Us humans, we ruin everything, so sad man.

  6. Humans really suck. I'm scared to see what the world is going to look like in 50 years….I'm moving to a new planet

  7. Humans are trash…. And trash is pollution and pullotion is deadly… So as a desrectful tourist……

  8. Factual realities hurts, but thanks for posting this video – otherwise, it would breed more idiots who still think "It's okay, I'm just fucking up a small part, it won't affect others" type of bullshits

  9. Hello planet, be confident and hold on. "Humans" is a plague that won´t last very long. The end will come soon. After that, you´ll make a quick recovery.

  10. After watching videos like these.. I really do not understand how 9.6k people dislike it.. I often wonder if it's misinformed "older" internet users who just don't understand who dislikes are aimed to 🤣 (and also fucked over our nature & political structure)

  11. And people think they are chosen by god. Hahaha. Yeah im a athiest and this is why. We are nothing but a disease on this 🌎. People wonder why storms are getting worse. Its the earths immune system getting rid of us.

  12. What is this compulsion that people have to disrespect and ruin everything??
    "This thing has survived for hundreds or thousands of years, and is culturally important to the indigenous population …obviously I have to destroy it. Or defecate on it." 😬😬

  13. I swear Human Are the worst Entities in the World better of without them. I rather live with Just the Animals and Mother NATURE….

  14. The idiot: Oh look a beautiful piece of history sits in front of our eyes but it looks dangerous so I'll destroy it to save future lives and be a hero in social Media!!

    Gets shamed, arrested and paying major fine.

    The idiot: But..but… I thought I did the right thing knocking down that rock!!

    Me: Yeah well we have the common sense to preserve history and admire em from a distance, but you just went to bed and woke up stupid the next day.

  15. I recently visited the maya bay and it looked beautiful… they must’ve been able to finish cleaning it up

  16. This is a catalog of symptoms. The disease is materialism. The perps are spiritually asleep. They are pulling the rest of us down into the he’ll of their own making

  17. "Lake Titicaca" ….Reminds me of when you see a licence plate and you wonder how the hell did that get past the DMV people for approval

  18. But you can't even tell people to be respectful and responsible any more, you will more than likely be told to F off, or threatened with violence. People suck.

  19. The good news? No punishment required. Mother Nature will handle it as GretaThunberg (0rg) videos explain. The bad news? You get punished too whether you're a tree hugger or an oiler or just a backwoods native living in nature with stone tools. Mother Nature doesn't check your voter ID when she wipes out you, your family, species and presses "RESET" on our planet. An ice free arctic in 2019/2020 means game over.

  20. You forgot to talk about Buddha's statue in Bamyan province of Afghanistan which was bombed by Taliban. 😢😓☹️

  21. We humans will destroy the planet and die out. Our reckless act won't take us anywhere in the cosmos. Looks at those oil companies trying to kill electric cars companies. We used chemicals in our food and plastics are everywhere in lands and sea. Fishes are eating them we are eating it from the fish. This is interrupting our gene and introducing deadly diseases and will slowly leading to complete extinction of human society. We are the dumbest and the most selfish species in the history of life who think we can survive after killing the nature itself. Well soon you won't have resources to consume and air to breathe. To battle climate change, 7.7 billions people can help to Change this course of history by planting trees( one tree each day for 10 years and growing food naturally. Let's transform all the desert into fertile land before trying to reach to Mars. This will be true testament of our time, so what are you waiting for? Keep moving let's help future generations, your love ones and your children live healthier and happier life. They are looking up to us. We should not disappoint them.

  22. Humans: omg this rock is so cool! We should protect it! Let's tell everyone!
    Other humans: hey let's see if we can break this rock!… (Breaks rock)
    Humans: omg they broke the rock we like! Kill them!
    Earth: uh, I've had that rock forever. Nobody cared about it until you came and now look.

  23. Topography changes my blowhard friend! It sucks, but is the nature of things. Not always man…yet, sometimes is just that.

  24. I actually ended up screaming at a group of idiotic teenagers whilst on a beach holiday in Thailand last year. They decided it would be fun to see how far they could throw their beer cans into the sea!

  25. Beungkok lake Cambodia was a masterpiece plan of the city structure, designed during 1950s -60s. It was natural lake but was also one of the most few important lakes in Phnom Penh to stock the flood from monsoon. After chronic civil wars everything gone crazy (mostly politic issue). And now that area is flooded by monsoon every year.

  26. In the meantime, we self righteous all live in homes that destroyed the million year old habitats of various birds and voles.

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