Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

25 of the World's Most Famous Lost Cities

25 of the World's Most Famous Lost Cities

I'm always amazed by human ingenuity around the world, especially when it comes to the built world. From people building the coolest tiny homes in the most unusual places to the world's most sustainable office building to the world's largest indoor vertical farm, people are incredibly inventive. But what about entire abandoned cities lasting hundreds, even thousands, of years before they are rediscovered at some later date? Now that is really impressive.

John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, hosts a weekly video series on Mental Floss. On last week's episode, Green looked at the world's most famous lost cities.

"Did you know that about 2,500 people visit the lost city of Machu Picchu, Peru every day?," asks Green. It's just one of many "lost" cities that have been later rediscovered.

And we haven't known about all of the cities on the list for decades like we have known about Machu Picchu. Number two on the list was discovered this year after nearly a hundred years of searching.

Watch here:

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Two Single Moms Join the Tiny Homes Revolution

Is a ‘Mini Ice Age’ on the Horizon?

Want to Go Glamping?

David Attenborough narrates "The Year Earth Changed," premiering globally April 16 on Apple TV+. Apple

Next week marks the second Earth Day of the coronavirus pandemic. While a year of lockdowns and travel restrictions has limited our ability to explore the natural world and gather with others for its defense, it is still possible to experience the wonder and inspiration from the safety of your home.

Read More Show Less
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

By Michael Svoboda

For April's bookshelf we take a cue from Earth Day and step back to look at the bigger picture. It wasn't climate change that motivated people to attend the teach-ins and protests that marked that first observance in 1970; it was pollution, the destruction of wild lands and habitats, and the consequent deaths of species.

Read More Show Less
Trending
An Amazon.com Inc. worker walks past a row of vans outside a distribution facility on Feb. 2, 2021 in Hawthorne, California. PATRICK T. FALLON / AFP via Getty Images

Over the past year, Amazon has significantly expanded its warehouses in Southern California, employing residents in communities that have suffered from high unemployment rates, The Guardian reports. But a new report shows the negative environmental impacts of the boom, highlighting its impact on low-income communities of color across Southern California.

Read More Show Less
Xiulin Ruan, a Purdue University professor of mechanical engineering, holds up his lab's sample of the whitest paint on record. Purdue University / Jared Pike

Scientists at the University of Purdue have developed the whitest and coolest paint on record.

Read More Show Less

Less than three years after California governor Jerry Brown said the state would launch "our own damn satellite" to track pollution in the face of the Trump administration's climate denial, California, NASA, and a constellation of private companies, nonprofits, and foundations are teaming up to do just that.

Read More Show Less