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Beijing might disappear due to desertification

The U.S. magazine Newsweek has released a list of 100 scenic spots and predicted all of them might disappear because of global warming and tremendous changes of geography. China’s capital Beijing is on the list too and the city could disappear because of the threat of rapid desertification.

Other places on the list include Kauai Island of Hawaii, the Mississippi Delta, Manhattan Island in New York, Hudson Bay in Canada, Panama Canal, Caribbean seacoast and the Amazon rainforest.

According to the report, more scenic spots in Asia might disappear in the future. The 25 Asian places on the list include the Maldivian seacoast along the Indian Ocean, the Ganges River Delta in Bangladesh, Bangkok of Thailand, Lake Baikal in Russia and Gujarat in India (a famous home of cotton).

On the list, some famous European cities might live only in memories, such as Venice in Italy, Copenhagen in Denmark, Rotterdam in Netherlands and the Aegean Sea in Greece. At the same time, places located at the two poles of the earth are in danger, like the tundra area in Norway, Alaska, the North Pole, Greenland and Coral Islands in Australia.

By People's Daily Online

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北京可能从地球上消失?

美国《新闻周刊》日前选定并公布了因地球变暖而可能将从地球上消失或因地形出现大变化而只能留在人类记忆中的100处名胜景区。在这份目录中,中国的北京亦在其中。北京入选的原因是迅速的沙漠化。

在这份目录中名列前茅的是夏威夷的考艾岛、密西西比河的三角洲、纽约曼哈顿、加拿大的哈德逊湾、巴拿马运河、加勒比海沿岸、亚马逊热带雨林等。

报道称,如果按不同地区对这100个景区进行分类,亚洲景区最多。入选的亚洲景区包括印度洋的马尔代夫海岸、孟加拉国的恒河流域三角洲、泰国的曼谷、俄罗斯的贝加尔湖、印度的棉花产地古吉拉特(gujarat)等25处。在欧洲有意大利威尼斯、丹麦哥本哈根、荷兰鹿特丹、希腊爱琴海等入选。而在地球两极地方有挪威的冻原(tundra)地带和阿拉斯加、北极、格陵兰岛、澳大利亚珊瑚礁岛等面临危机。