They say today’s treasure is tomorrow’s trash.  And in a world where society increasingly demands growth and change (thanks capitalism, the internet etc) the world can be an incredibly transient place.

From abandoned theme parks, to forgotten underwater cities, these haunting images show the decaying ruins of some of humanity’s greatest creations frozen in time.

Hashima Island, Japan

Exploited for its access to undersea coal mines, Hashima island – also known as Battleship Island (for its shape) and Ghost Island – was a thriving miners town in the late 1800s.

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However, the mines were closed in the late 1900s after the country switched from coal to petroleum, leaving the island to rot.