Without the clutter and pollution of people around, Mother Nature has the opportunity to swoop in and take over. That’s exactly what happened to these abandoned places that were once bustling with humans. Here’s a glimpse into 17 abandoned places. They really give off the apocalyptic vibe.
Abandoned Shopping Mall, Bangkok Thailand
After being shut down in 1999, the New World Shopping Mall caught on fire…. with the majority of the damage being done to the roof. And with no one there to repair it, monsoon rains flooded the lower floors, turning it into one giant pond.
Once mosquitoes and other insects started breeding in the stagnant water, locals added koi and catfish as a way to combat the problem…. It has now become one of the world’s largest urban ponds.
Holland Island, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
Holland Island was once the most populated island in the Chesapeake Bay, and was home to about 360 residents. However, in 1914 the wind and tide began to erode the western side of the island forcing most of its residents to leave. Pictured above and below is the last remaining house from Holland Island….. It collapsed in 2010.
Abandoned homes in rural Finland
The former property owner died in a fire, leaving these small and rural cottages abandoned. Soon after…. nature rapidly began reclaiming the land
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine
Since the devastating 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl power plant, the surrounding area has been completely abandoned by humans. The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is roughly a 1,000 mile zone around the plant where public access and inhabitation are restricted.
Over 6 million people were exposed to the radiation, and the death toll from the incident ranges from 4,000 to 93,000.
The area as seen in the 1990’s
…. And now from 2013
Old poison gas factory in Japan
Okunoshima was home to a major gas manufacturing plant during World War II. It was abandoned and destroyed when the war had ended but there happened to be rabbits living there which were used for testing. Fortunately, they all escaped into the wild and populated the abandoned location.
A once prosperous Kolmanskop due to the mining of diamonds became abandoned in 1954. The desert has completely taken over this village.
Aral Desert, Khazakstan/Uzbekistan
You may be wondering why there are boats in this desert…Turns out, The fourth largest body of water in the world was located right here. It dried out due to overfishing and irrigation which reduced the sea to 10 percent from its former volume. The camels and a few small lakes are all that remain.
Sadly, as thousands of people were forced to flee the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, many innocent pets were left behind. Some guess that over 10,000 pets remained abandoned. Luckily, a thoughtful foundation was created in their name and brings them food.
Año Nuevo Island, California
Nine acres of land off the Northern Coast of California became abandoned for reasons unknown and is now home to a large amount of sea lions and sea birds. When the land became abandoned, it gave these animal kingdoms a chance to breed undisturbed.
Amusement park in Berlin
Bennett College, abandoned in 1978
House being reclaimed by the surrounding forest
Goodbye railroad tracks. Nature is back in town
Road in rural Pennsylvania being taken over by nature
When nature calls, right?
North Border Island in New York City
Another shot of nature reclaiming North Border Island
It’s extremely beautiful and slightly haunting to see these places like this. Let us know your thoughts and don’t forget to give this a share on Facebook before you go. (h/t Viral Nova) (photos: unknown)