- People aren’t always kind to nature, especially when traveling.
- Headlines are often filled with people badly damaging nature and the environment. This year was no different.
- In 2018, people chucked ancient dinosaur tracks into a reservoir in Utah, poached almost 90 elephants in Africa, and knocked over an ancient rock formation.
When it comes to nature, this rings especially true. This year people have made headlines by vandalizing, destroying, or tampering with some of the world’s most gorgeous natural environments.
From defacing a national monument to shattering a rock formation millions of years in the making, here’s how people have damaged nature in 2018.
A group of tourists pushed a rock formation that dates back millions of years off a cliff in England.
The Brimham Rocks is a National Trust site in North Yorkshire, England, and the rocks there have been shaped by wind, rain, and ice for millions of years. But that didn’t stop a group of teenagers from pushing one of the 320 million-year-old formations over a cliff this June, destroying the monument.
„They went at it for quite a while to get the momentum to push it off. So there was definitely intent there,“ Catherine Barber, a ranger at the Brimham Rocks, told CBC. „It’s a great shame because that stone’s been there and has been rocked by many visitors over hundreds of years, and it’s just a shame now that it will [no longer] be there for the people to come in and try.“
Another group of tourists damaged a 40 million-year-old land formation in China.
In August, four Chinese tourists entered an ancient landform in a geopark in China called Zhangye Danxia. They posted a video when they broke into a roped off area and damaged most of the surroundings.
In the video, you can see the tourists walking on red and yellow sand while also digging their feet into it. The bottom layers of the landform were created 40 to 100 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, according to the South China Morning Post, and the top layers are a result of erosion, estimated to have been formed 200,000 to 400,000 years ago.
But in the video, one of them casually brags, „I destroyed a 6,000-year-old [formation.“ Only two were arrested for the crime.
In Utah, dinosaur tracks that date back millions of years were destroyed.
About 200 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed through northeastern Utah and the only thing they left behind are footprints, which people can visit at the Red Fleet State Park. But this year, the park staff has reported that a number of people have dislodged the tracks and thrown them into the reservoir nearby. The Washington Post reports that at least 10 footprints have vanished from the site this year. No one has been charged with the crimes, but under Utah law, it is considered a felony.
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