Ghost Towns

Ghost Towns

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Gold rush towns abandoned when new boomtowns emerge elsewhere or the gold has run out, towns deserted when caught in war zones, settlements evacuated due to natural disasters or chemical spills - seeing a town with devoid of people is an uncanny feeling. Where has everyone gone? And why aren't they coming back?
From Pripyat in Ukraine to Bodie in California to English villages requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence during World War II, from Greek leper colonies to deserted Italian mountain villages, Ghost Towns is a brilliant pictorial work examining lost worlds.
With reasons ranging from the collapse of local industry to being pushed aside to make way for a new industry, from earthquakes and volcanoes to man-made chemical spills, from war zones to demilitarised zones, the book explores a wide range of desolate urban environments from around the globe. And with these places left to nature, we can see not only how nature reclaims the land, but also gain a glimpse into the past free from humankind's modernising hands.
With 150 striking colour photographs exploring 100 worlds, Ghost Towns is a fascinating visual history of the mysteries of lost worlds.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 233 x 303 x 27mm | 1,373g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 150 photos; 150 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1782745505
  • 9781782745501
  • 2,625,298

Table of contents


East Asia
Thames Town, Songjiang New City, Shanghai, China
Chenggong, Yunnan, China
Ordos, Inner Mongolia
Bokor Hill Station, Bokor National Park, Kampot, Cambodia
Hashima Island, Nagasaki, Japan
Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
Papan, Perak, Malaysia
Sungai Lembing, Pahang, Malaysia
Sanzhi UFO Houses, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Central Asia
Agdam, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic/Azerbaijan
Otrar, South Kazakhstan Province, Kazakhstan
Dosser, Kazakhstan
Polyana, Abkhazia
Kabul To Charikar Road, Parwan Province, Afghanistan

Indian Continent
Vijayanagara, Ballari District, Karnataka, India
Jahaz Mahal, Mehrauli, Delhi, India
Port Blair, Ross Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
St Augustine convent complex, Old Goa, India
Kuldhara, near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India
Golkonda fort, Hyderabad, India
Lakhpat Fort, Kutch Kachchh, Gujarat, India
Diwan-i-Kas, Fatehpur Sikri Palace, Uttar Pradesh, India
Bhangarh, Rajgarh municipality, Rajasthan, India
Panam City, Sonargaon, Narayanganj, Bangladesh

Middle East
Soltaniyeh, Iran
Sap Bani Khamis, Wadi an Nakhur, Jebel Akhdar
mountains, Oman
Wadi Bani Habib, Oman
Al Khuwayr, Ash Shamal, Qatar
Hijaz Railway, Saudi Arabia
Al 'Ula, Saudi Arabia
Apamea, Syria
Quneitra, Golan Heights, Syria
Church of St Gregory of Tigran Honents, Ani, Turkey
The Cathedral, Ani, Turkey
Kayakoy, Fethiye, Turkey

Solitaire, Khomas Region, Namibia
Baia dos Tigres, Angola
Grand-Bassam, Cote d'Ivoire
Fortress of Shali, Siwa Oasis, Egypt
Umm el Howeitat, Safaga, Egypt,
Tawergha, Libya
Ouarzazate, Morocco
Leydsdorp, Limpopo province, South Africa
Suakin, north-eastern Sudan
Tamerza, Tunisia

Bussana Vecchia, Liguria, Italy
Civita di Bagnoregio,
Viterbo, Italy
Argentiera, Sassari, Sardinia
Balestrino, Liguria, Italy
Pompeii, Campania, Italy
Herculaneum, Italy
Craco, Italy
Janovas, Aragon, Spain
Spinalonga, Greece
Sesena Nuevo, Spain
Goussainville-Vieux, France
Imber, Warminster, Wiltshire, England
Tyneham, Dorset, England
Pyramiden, Svalbard, Spitzbergen, Norway
Klomino, Poland
Kopacze, Ukraine
Pripyat, Ukraine

North America
Kennecott Mines, Valdez-Cordova, Alaska, USA
Benton Hot Springs, California, USA
Drawbridge, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Salton City, California, USA
Butedale, Princess Royal Island, British Columbia, Canada
Dorothy, Alberta, Canada
Fusilier, Saskatchewan, Canada
Galilee, Saskatchewan, Canada
Neidpath, Saskatchewan, Canada
Namu, British Columbia, Canada
Johnsonville, Connecticut, USA
Bannack, Montana, USA
Dooley, Montana, USA
Goldfield, Nevada, USA
Glenrio, New Mexico/Texas, USA
White Oaks, New Mexico, USA
Mogollon, New Mexico, USA
Grafton, Utah, USA

South & Central America
Ojuela, Coahuila, Mexico
Pulacayo, Potosi Department, Bolivia
San Antonio de Lipez,
Uyuni, Bolivia
Fordlandia, Para, Brazil
Chaiten, Los Lagos Region, Chile
Chuquicamata, Chile
Humberstone, Atacama
Desert, Chile
Sewell Mining Town, Andes, Chile
San Juan Parangaricutiro, Michoacan, Mexico

Farina, Lyndhurst Marree Road, Australia
Gwalia, Western Australia
Kiandra, New South Wales, Australia
Newnes, New South Wales. Australia
Silverton, New South Wales, Australia
Mount Mulligan, Queensland, Australia
Moliagul, Victoria, Australia

Deception Island, Antarctica
South Georgia, South Atlantic
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About Chris McNab

Chris McNab is a wilderness expert, military specialist and author of over 20 survival publications, including How to Survive Anything, Anywhere, Living off the Land, and SAS Training Manual: Endurance Techniques. He holds a PhD from the University of Wales and lives in south Wales, UK.
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