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Author's Note: 10 Eerie Abandoned Cities You Can Visit

I've never visited an abandoned city, but I've been fascinated with the notion ever since reading the book "The World Without Us," by Alan Weisman. The book goes into depth parsing out what the world would look like if all of the people disappeared. I read about how quickly plants and trees fill in abandoned spaces, sprouting up in the most unlikely spots, such as tiny cracks in concrete walls. And how the seas might dramatically change once no one was fishing them, pumping oil from their beds or chugging across them in boats and ships. It's quite fascinating how quickly the earth moves on without us.

This same thread runs through many of the places in this article. The ash in Plymouth, Monserrat, continues to erase all traces of the former city, as does the sand blowing around Kolmanskop, Namibia. And lush vegetation is slowly, relentlessly, overtaking buildings, vehicles and the like in places like Beichuan and Fordlândia.

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