Deserted Floating City of Oily Rocks
One of the strangest cities in the world sits just off the coast of Azerbaijan, abandoned and dilapidated. ‘Oily Rocks’ began with a single path out over the water and grew into a system of paths and platforms built on the back of ships sunken to serve as the city’s foundation. It was all created to serve the oil industry, and before long, it contained housing, schools, libraries and shops for the workers and their families. Now, only part of it remains as many of the paths have disappeared into the surf. more info link
Abandoned Launch Platform for some of America’s first spy satellites
There are numerous isolated military bases around the world, but few as remote as Johnston Atoll. Located in the central Pacific and comprising little more than a vast runway, it’s not hard to imagine what sort of “under the radar” pursuits went on here over the years.
Origionally a natural island atop a coral reef about 750 nautical miles west of Hawaii, Johnston Island has been enlarged tremendously over the years by coral dredging. The result: a semi man-made island providing space for a expansive military base with accomodation for more than 1,000people at its zenith.
Between 1958 and 1975, Johnston Atoll was used as a nuclear test site for underground and above-ground nuclear weapons. Several nuclear test missiles were launched from the atoll during “Operation Dominic” in 1962
Johnston Atoll also served as a launch platform for some of America’s first spy satellites and other scientific rockets. But by 1993, its military mission had been scaled down to handle the storage and destruction of chemical weapons
The Fort in the middle of nowhere
A military fort, out in the ocean, with a moat! Fort Jefferson is a part of Dry Tortugas National Parkin the waters off of Key West, Florida. Construction on the “fort in the middle of nowhere” was started in 1846. It was originally meant for the defense of the US, but during the 30 years of construction, some design features became obsolete for that purpose.
During and after the Civil War the fort began to be used as a prison for deserters and other criminals.
In 1874 the army completely abandoned the fort after several hurricanes and a yellow fever epidemic, and it wasn’t until 1898 that the military returned in the form of the navy, which used the facilities during the Spanish-American War. The fort was also used from 1888 through 1900 as a quarantine station, and was garrisoned again briefly during World War I.
Ghost Island – The highest population density ever recorded
Hashima Island (meaning “Border Island”), commonly called Gunkanjima (meaning “Battleship Island”) is one among 505 uninhabited islands in the Nagasaki Prefecture about 15 kilometers from Nagasaki itself. The island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility.
Amenities like a movie theater, doctor’s office, arcades, restaurants and bars were added later, and the city became a thriving, microcosmic community. The entire complex was linked viaunderground tunnels.
At its peak in 1959, Hashima Island was the most densely populated city on Earth, with 5,259 inhabitants on the small, rocky outcropping, the highest population density ever recorded worldwide. That’s 835 people for every 2.5 acres.
As petroleum replaced coal in Japan in the 1960s, coal mines began shutting down all over the country, and Hashima’s mines were no exception. Mitsubishi officially announced the closing of the mine in 1974, and today it is empty and bare, which is why it’s called the Ghost Island. Travel to Hashima is currently prohibited. link
Abandoned Man-Made Military Island
Fort Carroll is a 3.4 acre (14,000 m²) artificial island and abandoned fort in the middle of the Patapsco River, just south of Baltimore, Maryland. The fort was used in the 1800s. In WWII it was briefly used as a firing range for the Army and a checkpoint for ships
The government abandoned the fort as a military post in 1920, and the island was declared excess property in 1923. However, the War Department took no immediate steps to sell the land. In May 1958, a Baltimore attorney purchased the island for $10,000, but development plans never materialized. The fort now is deserted. link
Abandoned Underground Nuclear Submarine Base
Straight out of a James Bond movie.
Until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 Balaklava was one of the most secret towns in Russia. 10km south eas of Sevastopol on the Black Sea Coast, this small town was the home to a Nuclear Submarine Base.
Almost the entire population of Balaklava could not visit the town of Balaklava without good reason and identification. The base remained operational after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 until 1993 when the decommissioning process started and the warheads and low yield torpedos were removed. Then in 1996 the last Russian Submarine left the Base, and now you can go on Guided tours round the Cannel System, Base and small Museum, which is now housed in the old weaponsstowage hangers deep inside the hillside
Staten Island Boat Graveyard
Off the shore of Staten Island New York rests a veritable graveyard of decommissioned, scrapped, and abandoned ships of various sizes, ages, and states of decay. Things are constantly changing here; new boats are brought in and old ones are chopped up or sunk into the muddy banks of the harbor.
The beauty here is in the untouched rust and rotting wood, where weather and salt water accelerates the rate of decay, transforming these ships of the past into sculptures of steel rising from their watery grave.
NRL Satellite Facility
In terms of industrial archeology, this is very recent. The NRL Satellite Facility is only 40 years old – and derelict.
In the mid-1960s the Naval Research Laboratory built an experimental satellite-communicationsfacility at a former Nike missile control site near (W-45). The facility contained a 60-foot parabolic dish antenna, transmitters, and a low-noise receiving system. It was also equipped fully for satellite tracking, data processing, and communications modulation experiments. The installation was completed in 1967.
The facility was used during the Vietnam War as part of a special operation called “Compass Link”, established by the Defense Communications Agency to pass high-quality target photography from Vietnam to Washington, DC. Compass link was established using two DSCSI satellites, providing two hops: Vietnam to Hawaii, and Hawaii to Maryland. From Maryland the imagery was transmitted by land line directly to the White House and the Pentagon. Compass Link was used extensively until the end of the Vietnam War.
The facility was decommissioned by the United States Government General Services Administration (GSA) and were publicly auctioned off in 1998 and then repurchased by a private investor in early 2000′s.
The right to demolish and scrap the dishes and other structures was auctioned off on ebay on March 13, 2005 for $136.20. The buildings have been demolished and removed. All that remains are the two dishes, some storage tanks and a bunch of concrete slabs.
Stalin’s Lost Railway
Built under Stalin’s order in the middle of nowhere – deep inside Northern Siberia between Salekhard city and Igarka town.
It was not connected with any other Russian Federal Railway System and the purpose of it still is not very clear, so as a senseless toy it way abandoned pretty soon and now rusts accessible only with a helicopter.
California Aircraft Boneyards
Excellent photo set from West Coast aircraft boneyards, where the stable dry climate is perfect to mothball large items such as aircraft, outdoors. The most famous of these is not in California, but in the dry desert of Arizona near Tucson.
Battersea Power Station
Battersea power station was Designed by Gilbert Scott, who was also the architect of the Bankside power station that was developed into the Tate Modern, by Herzog and de Meuron. The superior architecture of Battersea has had a less successful outcome. Aggressive developers ripped out the beautiful art deco control room to try and turn it into a condo development in the 80′s.
The abandoned International terminal at San Francisco International Airport.
This structure first opened in 1954 and was renovated and converted to international flights only in the early 80s. Closed since 2002 and sealed from the public when the new IT opened.
There’s still a few lights on, but most of the disco-era fixtures and furniture are gone
Abandoned Island Fortress
Fort Alexander sits abandoned on a man-made island off the shore of St. Petersburg. Constructed in the 1800s, the fort has over 100 cannon ports providing 360-degree defense. After the Crimean War it was initially used as a military storehouse before being converted by the Soviets into a dangerous plague research center due to its physical isolation from the mainland. The fort is now deserted and most of its interior objects have been stripped and metal has been melted down for other uses. Even now, however, visitors coming by boat (or snowmobile) are advised to wear a respirator and rubber boots.
Giant Soviet Excavation Machine
The abandoned Lopatino Phosphate Mines. Located close to the Voskresensk city (70 km from Moscow), the area is still famous for its fossil beds (and even dinosaur skeletons) from the Jurassic period
This is what they called heavy machinery in Soviet Russia. This giant excavation device was used for exploitation of phosphorus-field somewhere near Moscow and abandoned after the collapse of the USSR.
which spans almost the entire Russian capital, is one of the world’s most heavily used metro systems. It is well known for the ornate design of many of its stations, which contain beautifulexamples of socialist realist art, and lookslike it would make a great level for Quake or Unreal.
In total, the Moscow Metro has 292.2 km (181.6 miles) of route length, 12 lines and 177 stations; on a normal weekday it carries over 7 million passengers. Passenger traffic is considerably lower on weekends bringing the average daily passenger traffic during the year to 6.8 million passengers per day.
The Moscow Metro train is identical to those used in all other ex-Soviet Metro cities (St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Minsk, Kiev, Kharkov, etc.) and in Budapest, Sofia and Warsaw.
Although this has not been officially confirmed, many independent studies suggest that a second, deeper metro system exists under military
jurisdiction and was designed for emergency evacuation of key city personnel in case of nuclear attack during the Cold War.
It is believed that it consists of a single track and connects the Kremlin, chief HQ (Genshtab), Lubyanka (FSB Headquarters) and the Ministry of Defence, as well as numerous other secret installations. There are also entrances to the system from several civilian buildings such as the Russian State Library, Moscow State University (MSU) and at least two stations of the regular metro.
It is speculated that these would allow for the evacuation of a small number of randomly chosen civilians, in addition to most of the elite
In 1994, the leader of an urban exploration group, the Diggers of the Underground Planet, claimed to have stumbled on an entrance to this underground system
Hill of Crosses in Lithuania
This place isn’t a cemetery, even though it has more than 50,000 crosses. The story behind this is that each person who puts his own cross in this mountain would become a lucky person; this is the reason why there are thousands of customized crosses here. It is said that this tradition startedbefore Christianity came to Russia and Lithuania and it is believed to be of pagan origin. In addition to being one of the most mysterious places in the world, it is also a very strange one too.
The mouth of Hell
In 1962, a small fire in a city of Pennsylvania called Centralia caught up with an exposed vein of anthracite coal located underground. The flames on the surface were extinguished, but the coal under the town continued to burn for many years, and in 1984 the fire forced people who lived there to evacuate the city. Currently, this town is an abandoned and deserted place, and the fire which is still burning beneath the town, has enough coal to feed it for other 250 years more. This is not only one of the most mysterious places in the world, but it also looks pretty scary too, don’t you agree?
The ghost town buried in the sand
In southern Namibia there is this ghost town called Kolmanskop. It all started in 1908 when a diamond fever developed in the Namib Desert and people established a whole city with a school, a hospital, a casino, and residential buildings, all of this with the illusion of making an easy fortune. What happen? That after the First World War, when the diamond sales dropped during the 1950’s, the town became deserted, and the dunes of the Desert reclaimed what has always belonged to it, and the whole city was buried under the sand…thus, the “Ghost town” had been born. source-http://www.uphaa.com