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    Disappearing World: The Earth's Most Extraordinary and Endangered Places

    By: Alonzo Addison

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    Disappearing World presents the issues facing conservation of unique places around the world in a highly illustrated and accessible way. From the earthquake ruins of Bam in Iran to the impact of war on the sites in Congo. The devastation caused by the Taliban in Afghanistan and the increasing pressure from construction work in areas such as Dresden Elbe Valley in Germany and Kathmandhu Valley in Nepal are highlighted. A detailed picture of each site is given with text, timelines, maps and inspiring images.

    One of the aims of creating world heritage sites is to protect sites from ending up as just entries in history books. Despite all the risks to the sites there are still many success stories. A selection of these will be presented including the reconstruction of Abu Simbel in Egypt and Cambodia's celebrated temples and palaces at Angkor where Illicit excavation, pillaging and landmines were the main threats.

    Chapter Breakdown

    Civil strife

    Threats of conflict and war

    Illegal trading

    Looting and illicit trading of go

    Unchecked progress

    Rapid growth of building

    increasing numbers

    Impacts of large visitor numbers

    Polluting the sites

    Pollution/acid rain

    Climate change

    A rapidly changing climate

    Natural disasters

    Hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes

    Limited resources

    Managing of sites

    Changing needs

    Disappearing population/changing needs


    Endangered species

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