Abandoned Industrial Places

Abandoned Industrial Places : Factories, laboratories, mills and mines that the world left behind

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The decaying remnants of obselete industries and defunct commerce - whether coal mines, shipyards, factories, shopping centres, power plants, warehouses or mills - lie scattered in desolate locations throughout the world. These left-over structures still hold memories of the life that was once there. Transience was built in from the start. When a mine was worked out, it was abandoned; sometimes its machinery was removed to another mine, but often it was easier to equip the new place with more up-to-date equipment.
Abandoned Industrial Places explores the discarded detritus of our modern mechanized age. Discover the grand Ore Dock in Marquette, USA, squatting isolated in the waters of Lake Superior; or the abandoned Caspian Sea oil rigs and drilling gear in Azerbaijan; or the enormous, gaping pit of the 1200m (3900ft) wide Mirny diamond mine in Sakha Republic, Russia; or the 700m (765yd) high wall of latticed steel towers of the Duga radar in Chernobyl, Ukraine; or the Domino Sugar Refinery, Brooklyn, New York - formerly the world's largest sugar refinery when built in 1882; or the still contaminated Fisher Body Plant 21 in Detroit, USA, a place where General Motors created some of their great marques for almost a hundred years.
Filled with more than 200 memorable photographs from every part of the planet, Abandoned Industrial Places provides a strange and often spooky insight into the life and workings of industries long since ceased.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 233 x 303 x 22mm | 1,402g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 200 photos; 200 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1782749845
  • 9781782749844
  • 33,829

Table of contents

Contents include:


Marquette Iron Ore Dock, Lake Superior, Michigan
Canada Malting Factory, Toronto
Don Valley Brickworks plant, Toronto, Ontario
Gold mine, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Old Crow Distillery, Kentucky
New Cornelia open-pit copper mine, Pima County, Arizona
Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California
Carrie Furnace, Braddock, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Domino Sugar Refinery, Brooklyn, New York
Redstone missile test site, Huntsville, Alabama
Army Ammunition Plant, Indiana
Mariscal Mine, River Road, Big Bend National Park, Texas

Santa Laura and Humberstone Saltpetre works, Atacama Desert, Chile
Petermann Island, Antarctica
Hacienda Yaxcopoil near Merida, Mexico, once a hemp or henequen rope factory
Camilo Cienfuegos (formerly Hershey) Sugar Works, Cuba
Pulacayo, Railway Depot, Potosi Province, Bolivia
Leith Harbour Whaling Station, South Georgia
Morgan Lewis Mill, Barbados
Rincon Nuclear Dome, Puerto Rico

Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Orford Ness, Suffolk, England
Beelitz, nr Berlin, Germany
Excavator Factory, Voronezh, Russia
Peenemunde Army Research Centre, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Glassworks, Haidemuhl, Brandenburg, Germany
Cattle stable, slaughterhouse, Rosenau, Bavaria, Germany
Plumain Factory, New Aquitaine, France
Coal washing plant, Carmeux, France
Cooling Tower, Charleroi, Belgium
Mill, Bolton, Lancashire, England
Gauges, Flaxmill Maltings, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
Tin mine, Towanroath, Cornwall, England
Concrete Pagodas, AWRE, Orford Ness, Suffolk - atomic weapons research centre
Rotunda, Wola Gasworks, Warsaw, Poland
Mine near Pezinok, Slovakia
Sugar Factory, Belgrade, Serbia
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, Ukraine

Lead mine, Morocco
Kolmanskop mining town, Namibia
Drilling Rig, Namibia
Kleinzee mining town, South Africa
Vredehoek Quarry, South Africa

Iron and Steel Mill, Loudi, Hunan, China
Hashima, mining island, Japan
Mirny Diamond Mine, Eastern Siberia, Russia
Buran Transport, Baikonur, Kazakhstan
Baikonur Cosmodrome Area 2, Kazakhstan
Tin Dredge No. 5, Tanjung Tualak, Perak, Malaysia
Mine equipment, Whakaari/White Island, North Island, New Zealand
Cockatoo Island Docks, Sydney, Australia
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About David Ross

David Ross specialises in maritime, engineering and railway history and he has written and contributed to numerous books on these subjects. His most recent books are Abandoned Industrial Places, Rail Journeys, Bridges, Coast, Lighthouses, Ships Visual Encyclopedia, The Essential Naval Identification Guide: Submarines 1914-Present, Great Warships and The World's Greatest Battleships.
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