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Disappearing Places

See them before they’re gone! Some of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights are threatened by encroaching development and climate change. Many could disappear in our lifetime.

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Maldives
Located southwest of India, this archipelago of 1,190 tiny islands and atolls is the lowest-lying country in the world, making it particularly susceptible to a rise in sea levels. Roughly 80% of the country is less than 4 feet above sea level, and many inhabitants live along the coast. If sea levels continue to rise, the Republic of Maldives will be the first nation to disappear into the ocean.

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