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Kolmankop, an abandoned mining town in Namibia. (Photo by David Ogden/Caters News)

These sand-swept images show the ghostly remains of what was once a mineral-rich mining community. In its heyday, the town of Kolmanskop, Namibia, was home to about 700 families. Now all that remains are empty homes filled with sand, while cast-off items such as bathtubs are scattered about the surrounding area. Over time, the sand of the stunning dunes that encircle the town of Kolmanskop has been blown towards the abandoned residences, coating everything from streets to the interiors of houses and workshops. Here: Kolmankop, an abandoned mining town in Namibia. (Photo by David Ogden/Caters News)
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13 Mar 2016 09:31:00
An abandoned protection masks in the deserted building near bypass channel for cooling at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Exclusion Zone, Ukraine, April 5, 2017. (Photo by Vitaliy Holovin/Corbis via Getty images)

An abandoned protection masks in the deserted building near bypass channel for cooling at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Exclusion Zone, Ukraine, April 5, 20177. The Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred on 26 April 1986 in the No.4 light water graphite moderated reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Pripyat. An estimated 47,000 people of the city of Pripyat were evacuated after the explosion in 1986. (Photo by Vitaliy Holovin/Corbis via Getty images)
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24 May 2019 00:03:00
Visitors walk past a family of scarecrows during the Scarecrow Festival in Heather, Britain July 29, 2015. (Photo by Darren Staples/Reuters)

Visitors walk past a family of scarecrows during the Scarecrow Festival in Heather, Britain July 29, 2015. The annual event asks residents of Heather to make scarecrows to raise thousands of pounds for local groups and charities. (Photo by Darren Staples/Reuters)
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30 Jul 2015 12:42:00
Tree trunks and rocks are set up to support a leaning wall of Li Yonghua's damaged cave house in an area where land is sinking next to a coal mine, in Helin village of Xiaoyi, China's Shanxi province, August 2, 2016. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)

Tree trunks and rocks are set up to support a leaning wall of Li Yonghua's damaged cave house in an area where land is sinking next to a coal mine, in Helin village of Xiaoyi, China's Shanxi province, August 2, 2016. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)
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15 Aug 2016 11:49:00
A man dressed as a devil performs during a Krampus parade in Kaprun, Austria on December 5, 2017. Krampus is a mythical creature that, according to legend, accompanies Saint Nicholas during the festive season. Instead of giving gifts to good children, he punishes the bad ones. (Photo by APA-PictureDesk GmbH/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

A man dressed as a devil performs during a Krampus parade in Kaprun, Austria on December 5, 2017. Krampus is a mythical creature that, according to legend, accompanies Saint Nicholas during the festive season. Instead of giving gifts to good children, he punishes the bad ones. (Photo by APA-PictureDesk GmbH/Rex Features/Shutterstock)
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09 Dec 2017 02:20:00
A rat being trained by the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) is pictured on an inactive landmine field in Siem Reap province July 9, 2015. Gambian pouched rats were deployed to Cambodia from Tanzania in April by a Belgian non-profit organization, APOPO, to help clear mines. (Photo by Samrang Pring/Reuters)

A rat being trained by the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) is pictured on an inactive landmine field in Siem Reap province July 9, 2015. Gambian pouched rats were deployed to Cambodia from Tanzania in April by a Belgian non-profit organization, APOPO, to help clear mines. They've been trained since they were 4 weeks old. Cambodia is still littered with landmines after emerging from decades of civil war, including the 1970s Khmer Rough “Killing Fields” genocide, leaving it with one of the world's highest disability rates. APOPO has used the rodents for mine-clearing projects in several countries, including Angola, Mozambique, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. (Photo by Samrang Pring/Reuters)
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14 Jul 2015 13:35:00
Miners search for jade stones at a mine dump at a Hpakant jade mine in Kachin state, Myanmar November 25, 2015. (Photo by Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

Miners search for jade stones at a mine dump at a Hpakant jade mine in Kachin state, Myanmar November 25, 2015. Using heavy earth-excavators and explosives, miners have been tearing into Myanmar's northern hills in recent months, in a rush to excavate more jade from the world's richest deposits of the gemstone before a new government takes office next year. (Photo by Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)
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18 Dec 2015 08:03:00
A general view of the ghost town of a former Soviet military radar station near Skrunda, Latvia, April 9, 2016. (Photo by Ints Kalnins/Reuters)

A general view of the ghost town of a former Soviet military radar station near Skrunda, Latvia, April 9, 2016. (Photo by Ints Kalnins/Reuters)
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10 Apr 2016 11:44:00