Places That Should Be World Heritage Sites

By Hadley Keller - 2014-07-10T18:31:06Z

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Nan Madol

Pohnpei, Micronesia

Measuring smaller than Manhattan, this island in the South Pacific is a mystery to many modern-day explorers. Colossal stone ruins looming atop coral reef give the place a spooky feel, and Pohnpeins believe it to be haunted by spirits. These ancient rock formations are similar to those on Easter Island, which received World Heritage status in 1995 and has subsequently emerged as a tourist destination. Yet with fewer than 1,000 visitors a year, Nan Madol’s archaeological wonders remain largely undiscovered, and unprotected.

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