Sic transit gloria mundi
“Thus passes the glory of the world”

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OUR WORLD IS PRECIOUS AND FRAGILE.

On this spinning ball we call home, great cultures have flourished and waned, cities have risen and crumbled into dust, and entire civilisations have thrived and then fallen into extinction.

Disappearing World is a window into this realm of vanishing spaces. Its wide scope lingers on a vast array of sites worldwide—some sacred, some culturally significant, and some surprising displays of human ingenuity. All of these sites have either already vanished, or are currently in the process of disappearing.

SKIING THE CHACALTAYA GLACIER, BOLIVIA

SKIING THE CHACALTAYA
GLACIER, BOLIVIA

Previously home to the highest ski lift in the world, this 18,000 year old glacier, disappeared completely in 2005.

PHNOM PENH’S DISAPPEARING LAKE

PHNOM PENH’S DISAPPEARING LAKE

Once considered the most important green space in Phnom Penh, this beautiful lake was reduced to a puddle in 2010.

LOST LOVE LOCKS ON THE PONT DES ARTS, PARIS

LOST LOVE LOCKS ON THE PONT DES ARTS, PARIS

Safety concerns led to the removal of thousands of love locks on the Pont Des Arts. The locks may be gone but true love endures.

YOSEMITE’S FIREFALL IS REBORN

YOSEMITE’S FIREFALL IS REBORN

For nearly a century, a spectacular Firefall of red-hot embers fell from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. One man made it his mission to recreate the spectacle.

THE LAST MAN TO SKI IN VENEZUELA?

THE LAST MAN TO SKI IN VENEZUELA?

Situated just 8⁰ north of the equator, a mighty glacier once sat atop Mt Humboldt, rising up out of Venezuela's tropical vegetation.

PROTECTED PALEOLITHIC CAVE PAINTINGS, LASCAUX

PROTECTED PALEOLITHIC CAVE PAINTINGS, LASCAUX

Over 17,000 years ago, our ancestors painted beautiful artwork on the walls of the Lascaux caves. It took us less than a century to damage them irreparably.

VENICE, THE SINKING CITY

VENICE, THE SINKING CITY

The beautiful Italian city built on a marshy lagoon must now fight to stay afloat.

WHITE VEINS IN THE DESERT, THE NAZCA LINES

WHITE VEINS IN THE DESERT, THE NAZCA LINES

Thousands of years ago, scores of mysterious geoglyphs were etched into the Nazca Desert. Today we must fight to protect these fragile enigmas for future generations.

AUSTRALIA’S BLUE OUTBACK, THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

AUSTRALIA’S BLUE OUTBACK, THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

A symbol of culture and spirituality, the Great Barrier Reef is half a million years old. Yet now it faces its greatest threat to survival.

WHETHER MANMADE OR NATURALLY OCCURRING, THESE TRULY MARVELLOUS PHENOMENA ARE FLEETING.

If we don't stop to care for and preserve them now, we risk losing them well before their time.

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"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs,
but not every man's greed." – Mahatma Gandhi

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As you walk the Earth, take care to practise sustainable tourism. Be responsible for your actions and respectful of the magnificent sites that you bear witness to. Be reserved in your interaction with these locations, so that others can enjoy them as much as you have.

When you're not travelling, consider other important conservation methods. Support charities and non-government organisations that seek to preserve at-risk areas. Visit replicas, museums, and exhibitions that raise awareness (and possibly donations) for the furthering of disappearing cultural sites around the world.

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We are losing global sacred sites at an alarming rate due to the effects of war, development, weathering, and neglect. Some sacred sites are being "loved to death", because of uncontrolled tourism.

Without the swift implementation of sustainable tourism practises, we risk overrunning the world in our haste to be everywhere and experience everything. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, travel and tourism made up 9.8% of the world GDP ($7.6 trillion USD) in 2014. That number has risen for five consecutive years, and experts speculate that it will continue to grow by about 3.8% annually.

If we don't take care of our important cultural, historical, and environmental sites, they'll have disappeared completely long before our children can enjoy them.

"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." - Gary Snyder, poet

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