Life in ruins: The haunting images of abandoned towns around the world

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Little says more about how civilisations once lived than a glimpse into the surviving ruins of the places that they inhabited. In Grytviken on South Georgia Island, gigantic whale bones and abandoned tanker ships tell the story of a civilization of whalers.
A group of white stucco houses reveals that the whalers had lived in a green valley below the snow-capped mountains on the isolated island located about 1,000 miles east of South America.

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In Grytviken on South Georgia, an island about 1,000 miles east of South America, gigantic whale bones and abandoned tanker ships tell the story of civilisation of whalers


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Fishermen lived right on the water in a green valley between snow-capped mountains on the isolated island until the 1960s, when the whaling station was closed due to low whale stocks


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Now all that remains of the former whaling station is a ghost town, home to the cemetery where explorer Ernest Shackleton is buried (foreground, right), and destination for cruise ships


History says they lived there until the 1960s, when the whaling station was closed due to low whale stocks. Now all that remains is a ghost town, left to tell the story of its past for decades to come.

Ghost towns exist all across the world, as civilizations have been wiped out by natural disasters or expanded to no longer fit the confines of their former homes. Photographs of many of these towns were compiled by the website, Urban Ghosts , and MailOnline has shared some of them here.
The South American town of Chaiten in Chile was nearly wiped out by a volcano that erupted in 2008, and then the flooding of the Blanco River finished it off.

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The South American town of Chaiten in Chile was nearly wiped out by a volcano that erupted in 2008, and then the flooding of the Blanco River finished it off


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After the volcano erupted for the first time in 9,000 years, the Chilean government tried to rebuild the town, first about 10km north, and then again in its original location, but the town's future is still unresolved


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The desert town of Berlin, Nevada, was once a bustling gold and silver-mining town, employing around 250 workers and their families at its height. But when the precious metals ran out in 1911, the workers moved on