As solid and unshakable as we think our civilization is, its grip on nature is tenuous at best. If any cracks appear in the faces of our buildings or our machines, nature is quick to move in and take over. With this in mind, here are 21 photos of places and things that nature is in the process of reclaiming.
Quite a bit of thought has been given to the idea of what Earth might look like once we’re gone. Indeed, many books and TV shows on the topic have found that nature would take our places fairly quickly. Many cities would be re-colonized within a year or two, and many of our buildings would begin crumbling soon after without human maintenance or energy sources. The Life After People series on the History Channel has a comprehensive timeline of collapses detailing when various famous landmarks of human civilization throughout the world might give way to nature.
The Old Piano Tree, California
Trees Winning Against Concrete In Hong Kong
Abandoned Inner City Railway In Paris
Bicycle Eaten by A Tree On Vashon Island, Washington
Abandoned Shopping Mall Taken Over By Fish In Bangkok
Old Abandoned Mill In Sorrento, Italy
Abandoned Ferris Wheel
Vintage Automobile Graveyard, Belgium
Abandoned Mining Town, Namibia
Abandoned 160-Year-Old Railway In Paris
102-Year-Old Abandoned Ship In Sydney, Australia
Tree Roots Overcoming Brick Sidewalk
Abandoned Mansion Near Kilgarvan, Ireland
Abandoned Train Station In Abkhazia, Georgia
I.M. Cooling Tower, Belgium
Abandoned Fishermen’s Town In Kamchatka, Russia
Abandoned Hotel Room
The Radioactive Ghost City Of Pripyat, Ukraine
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