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8 Incredible Endangered Landmarks (Slideshow)

 

8. Rainforests of the Atsinanana, Madagascar

The six national parks that comprise the rainforests of the Atsinanana are some of the most ecologically diverse places on the planet. Because the island broke off from the Gondawana supercontinent over 70 million years ago, the flora and fauna of Madagascar developed in isolation. Most of the plants and animals on the island today are found nowhere else in the world. Dozens of species of lemur, Madagascar’s most iconic animal, roam these forests. Most of these are, sadly, endangered. That, along with rampant illegal logging, mining, and human encroachment, are all threatening these unique habitats.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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12:57AM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

How about Venice?
The whole city is considered pretty much endangered due to rising sea levels. It's city contains a plethora of historical and cultural artefacts too!

12:34PM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:26PM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

9:36PM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

5:14PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

thanks and sad.....could we make the post all one page though???

2:16AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

Superb to browse through, thank you.

6:03PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

I want to go to all of these places. It isn't just a history in one place or another. This is OUR history. All of us. human kind. Why would we risk losing this? For a little cash? For instant gratification that won't matter in 5 or 10 years? Sad

2:29PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Thanks for keeping us informed.

8:04AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Interesting.
Thank you

7:57AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Very interesting article! I hope this article will help with creating an awareness to the need for protecting the spectacular landmarks.

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