Incredible UNESCO Sites in Danger of Disappearing

By Lianna Trubowitz - 2013-11-21T18:36:38Z

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Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

Of the 981 properties included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, some 44 are categorized as in-danger, for reasons ranging from political instability to irresponsible tourism.

Why it’s special: This is the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere—visit for the coral-made islands; more than 500 species of fish; and the "Great Blue Hole," a famed diving spot that's nearly 1,000 feet deep.

Why it’s in danger: In addition to development in the area, extensive mangrove cutting has removed food sources and shelter for marine life.

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