Abandoned Earth: sometimes we only touch the planet lightly.

Posted: October 1, 2015 in Science
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This fascinating series of photographs shows what happens when humankind abandons its structures. They have an eerie beauty, modelled, moulded and affected by weather, and the natural world around them.

It is an interesting idea, in an idle way, to wonder how long it would take for most or all of humanity’s structures to be overtaken by the natural planet should we all somehow suddenly disappear. We reckon within a couple of hundred years you almost wouldn’t know we’d been here at all. For those afflicted by human hubris, that’s a sobering thought.

Our favourite is the Hotel in Columbia. Yours?

 

Abandoned Blade Mill, France

Abandoned Blade Mill, France

 

 

Abandoned city of Keelung, Taiwan

Abandoned city of Keelung, Taiwan

 

Abandoned dome houses in Southwest Florida

Abandoned dome houses in Southwest Florida

 

Abandoned 1886 mil in Sorrento, Italy

Abandoned 1886 mil in Sorrento, Italy

 

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

 

Christ of the Abyss at San Fruttuoso, Italy

Christ of the Abyss at San Fruttuoso, Italy

 

Abandoned train depot, Częstochowa, Poland

Abandoned train depot, Częstochowa, Poland

 

El Hotel del Salto, Colombia

El Hotel del Salto, Colombia

 

Fishing hut on a lake in Germany

Fishing hut on a lake in Germany

 

Holland Island, Chesapeake Bay, USA

Holland Island, Chesapeake Bay, USA

 

Kolmanskop. Namib Desert, Namibia

Kolmanskop. Namib Desert, Namibia

 

Miiltary rocket factory, Russia

Military rocket factory, Russia

 

Maunsell Sea Forts, Redsands, Thames Estuary, England

Maunsell Sea Forts, Redsands, Thames Estuary, England

 

Sunken yacht, Antarctica

Sunken yacht, Antarctica

 

The remains of the SS Ayrfield in Homebush Bay, Sydney, Australia

The remains of the SS Ayrfield in Homebush Bay, Sydney, Australia

 

Car graveyard, Chatillon, Belgium

Car graveyard, Chatillon, Belgium

 

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Comments
  1. underwriiter505 says:

    Yes, I like the hotel in Colombia too. Even uninhabitable, it makes me want to stay there.

    Did you by any chance also see this complex? Some of these are so ancient I don’t know whether to root for the jungle or the temples.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3249024/Disappearing-world-Pictured-crumbling-village-temples-reclaimed-Myanmar-jungle-reached-boat.html

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  2. mlshatto says:

    Have you ever heard of Centralia, Pennsylvania? A mine fire started there in 1962. It is still burning. Today there are fewer than a dozen residents who refuse to leave, despite state efforts to relocate them. Here is a link to one of the best websites about the nearly-abandoned town. Check out especially the series of photos of the graffiti-covered remains of old Route 61. http://www.centraliapa.org/

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