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35 photos that show how the earth would be like after people

The Atlantic – an American literary and cultural commentary magazine – has created a fascinating collection of photographs of abandoned and decrepit places around the world that depict how our planet would be like if humans suddenly disappeared.

1. An overgrown, disused railway tunnel near the stop Pinzano al Tagliamento on the old Sacile-Gemona railway on October 7, 2016, in Pinzano, Italy. (Andrea Spinelli / Corbis via Getty)

2. Birds fly around and inside one of the two 500-foot cooling towers at the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, in Hollywood, Alabama, on September 7, 2016. After spending more than 40 years and $5 billion on an unfinished nuclear power plant in northeastern Alabama, the nation’s largest federal utility was preparing to sell the property at a fraction of its cost. (Brynn Anderson / AP)

3. A terrace atop the Sathorn Unique building in Bangkok, Thailand, on January 25, 2017. The 49-story Bangkok high-rise was supposed to feature luxury condos for hundreds of newly affluent Thai families, but was abandoned unfinished when the Asian financial crisis struck in 1997. Now called the “Ghost Tower,” it’s a monument to mistakes made and an object of curiosity to a steady stream of visitors. (Sakchai Lalit / AP)

4. Plants grow on houses in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan, east of Shanghai, on July 26, 2015. Just a handful of people still live in a village on Shengshan Island that was once home to more than 2,000 fishermen. The remote village, on one of more than 400 islands in the Shengsi archipelago, was abandoned in the early 1990s as first wealthy residents then others moved away, aiming to leave problems with education and food delivery behind them. (Damir Sagolj / Reuters)

5. An abandoned stadium used for baseball events during the 2004 Olympic games is seen through weeds at the old airport in Athens on July 16, 2015. (Petros Giannakouris / AP)

6. Storm clouds and snow blow from Lake Erie over the temporarily closed Route 5 highway in Lackawanna, New York, on November 20, 2014. (Aaron Lynett / Reuters)

7. Shuttered stores dominate the interior of the Schuylkill Mall which was scheduled to close soon, in Frackville, Pennsylvania, on May 17, 2017. Built in 1980 by Crown American, the Schuylkill Mall originally featured Kmart, Hess’s, and Sears as its anchor stores but is now mostly empty. (Spencer Platt / Getty)

8. An abandoned shopping center approximately one kilometer away from the huge fire and industrial blasts that rocked Tianjin, China, in 2015, seen on August 10, 2016. At least 165 people were killed in the giant explosions, which devastated a huge part of the northern port. (Nicolas Asfouri / AFP / Getty)

9. A view of the facade of an abandoned house in the village of Osurovo, Yaroslavl region, Russia, on October 24, 2016. (Maxim Shemetov / Reuters)

10. A feral cat sits on a sandbag barricade acting as a boundary for the green line, a UN-controlled buffer zone filled with abandoned structures, separating the divided Cypriot capital Nicosia on February 17, 2017. (Iakovos Hatzistavrou / AFP / Getty)