We don’t have to wonder what the world might look like if humans were to go extinct, leaving behind the ruins of our civilisations to be retaken by nature. Hundreds of abandoned sites around the world give us a glimpse of what would happen after our own potential demise, with trees, vines and all manner of wildlife flourishing in places that once housed and entertained us not so long ago. These eight examples show just how rapidly the natural world can reclaim what we’ve built, from a mall filled with multiplying fish to the decaying ruins of Detroit’s manufacturing past.

 

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