Mining

Kolmanskop Namibia ghost town

Diamond in the Desert: Kolmanskop, Namibia

Once a thriving diamond-mining town, Kolmanskop is now abandoned, fighting a constant battle against the sandstorms and Mother Nature in the Namibian desert. Founded in...

Hottest Inhabited Place on Earth: Dallol, Ethiopia

The Afar Region of Africa, named for the people who call it home, encompasses Djibouti, Eritrea, and the northeast corner of Ethiopia. A notable...

Turkmenistan’s Door to Hell

Turkmenistan is seventy percent desert – the Karakum Desert, to be exact. The nation is divided into five provinces, the second largest being the...
La Rinconada Peru highest city in the world

Highest City in the World: La Rinconada, Peru

Exactly how high is the highest city in the world? How about over 3 miles? La Rinconada Peru is a rare case: an old...
Phineas Gage

Medical Firsts: The Story of Phineas Gage

The year was 1848, and 25-year-old Phineas Gage was earning wages as a railroad worker in Vermont. His task was to blast rock to...

The Island Shaped Like a Battleship: Hashima

Populated from 1887 to 1974, Hashima was originally purchased by Mitsubishi to be run as a coal mining facility. Just off the coast of...