"This decrepit collection of concrete [...] Gunkanjima, or ‘Battleship Island,’ is the nickname for Hashima Island, a dense abandoned metropolis once packed with 5,259 people. It started as a small reef, but when coal was discovered there in the 1800s, it was quickly developed and expanded. It was used as a mine from 1887 to 1974 and its concrete architecture was designed to withstand typhoons. The switch from coal to petroleum in Japan led the mine to close."
25 January 2014
Gunkanjima ~ Japan's Ghost Battleship Island
WebUrbanist reminds me of Gunkanjima off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan. In the American West there were mining Ghost Towns; this is an entire Ghost Island!