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Buried from the public: Hart Island, New York

At first glance this modest island in New York appears unremarkable. The 131-acre dark speck of land has crumbling buildings, is off-limits to the...
Guiyu China electronic waste dump of the world

Electronic Waste Dump of the World: Guiyu, China

Ever wonder where those old used computers end up? How about all those old CRT monitors, cell phones, keyboards, and PDAs? We’re told when...
Kadykchan Russia

Abandoned coal mining town in Siberia: Kadykchan, Russia

Deep in the Magadan region in remote Siberia, a coal mining town known as Kadykchan was built by Gulag prisoners during World War II. At...
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Casualties of Copper: The Berkeley Pit, Montana

Tales of gold rushes and silver booms are often recounted from a nostalgic perspective, driven by tall tales of adventures into the lawless Wild...
Eagle Mountain

From Boom to Bust to Boom to Bust: Eagle Mountain, CA

The United States has many ghost towns scattered throughout the West. Most have the same story: A deposit of some precious metal is discovered,...

Abandoned Kaua’i Jewel: The Coco Palms

On the east coast of Hawaii's oldest island, an abandoned hotel is slowly being reclaimed by nature. It was a landmark for 40 years,...