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ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67DF
November 09, 2015
A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a ruined house in the onetime...
CARHUE, Argentina
A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a ruined house in the onetime...
A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a ruined house in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67DD
November 09, 2015
Visitors tour by ruined houses in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. Over the...
CARHUE, Argentina
Visitors tour by ruined houses in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen
Visitors tour by ruined houses in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67DC
November 09, 2015
A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a ruined house in the onetime...
CARHUE, Argentina
A picture taken in the 70s compares the place wtih the current state of a ruined house in the onetime...
A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a ruined house in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67DA
November 09, 2015
A ruined house is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. Over the past...
CARHUE, Argentina
A ruined house is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen
A ruined house is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67D1
November 09, 2015
Mirta Estoessel, sits on her former home in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015....
CARHUE, Argentina
Estoessel, sits on her former home in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen
Mirta Estoessel, sits on her former home in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67CZ
November 09, 2015
Ruined houses are pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. Over the past...
CARHUE, Argentina
Ruined houses are pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen
Ruined houses are pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67CY
November 09, 2015
A bottle is seen on the mud in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. Over the past...
CARHUE, Argentina
A bottle is seen on the mud in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen
A bottle is seen on the mud in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67CW
November 09, 2015
A ruined house is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town of Epecuen, November 6, 2015. Over the...
CARHUE, Argentina
A ruined house is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town of Epecuen
A ruined house is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town of Epecuen, November 6, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67CT
November 09, 2015
A ruined house is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. Over the past...
CARHUE, Argentina
A ruined house is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen
A ruined house is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67CR
November 09, 2015
Lone inhabitant Pablo Novak, aged 85, rides his bike by a ruined house in the Epecuen Village, November...
CARHUE, Argentina
Lone inhabitant Novak, aged 85, rides his bike by a ruined house in the Epecuen Village
Lone inhabitant Pablo Novak, aged 85, rides his bike by a ruined house in the Epecuen Village, November 6, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67CG
November 09, 2015
Deadwood is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. Over the past few...
CARHUE, Argentina
Deadwood is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen
Deadwood is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67CF
November 09, 2015
Deadwood is seen at sunset in Epecuen Village, November 6, 2015. Over the past few years the town of...
CARHUE, Argentina
Deadwood is seen at sunset in Epecuen Village
Deadwood is seen at sunset in Epecuen Village, November 6, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67CD
November 09, 2015
Deadwood is seen at the sunset in Epecuen Village, November 5, 2015. Over the past few years the town...
CARHUE, Argentina
Deadwood is seen at the sunset in Epecuen Village
Deadwood is seen at the sunset in Epecuen Village, November 5, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67C5
November 09, 2015
A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a hydrothermal center in the...
CARHUE, Argentina
A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a hydrothermal center in the...
A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a hydrothermal center in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67C1
November 09, 2015
Deadwood is seen at sunset in Epecuen Village, November 6, 2015. Over the past few years the town of...
CARHUE, Argentina
Deadwood is seen at sunset in Epecuen Village
Deadwood is seen at sunset in Epecuen Village, November 6, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67BP
November 09, 2015
A rusty car is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. Over the past...
CARHUE, Argentina
A rusty car is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen
A rusty car is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67BN
November 09, 2015
A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a ruined houses in the onetime...
CARHUE, Argentina
A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a ruined house in the onetime...
A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a ruined houses in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67BF
November 09, 2015
A shoe is seen on the mud in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. Over the past...
CARHUE, Argentina
A shoe is seen on the mud in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen
A shoe is seen on the mud in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67BB
November 09, 2015
A ruined house is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. Over the past...
CARHUE, Argentina
A ruined house is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen
A ruined house is pictured in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67B8
November 09, 2015
Lone inhabitant Pablo Novak, aged 85, rides his bike by a ruined house in the Epecuen Village, November...
CARHUE, Argentina
Lone inhabitant Novak, aged 85, rides his bike by a ruined house in the Epecuen Village
Lone inhabitant Pablo Novak, aged 85, rides his bike by a ruined house in the Epecuen Village, November 6, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67B3
November 09, 2015
Viviana Castro, a former resident walks by ruined houses in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen,...
CARHUE, Argentina
Viviana Castro, a former resident walks by ruined houses in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen
Viviana Castro, a former resident walks by ruined houses in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS67B1
November 09, 2015
Viviana Castro, places a plaque with the name of the former owner on a ruined house in the onetime spa...
CARHUE, Argentina
Castro, places a plaque with the name of the former owner on a ruined house in the onetime spa and resort...
Viviana Castro, places a plaque with the name of the former owner on a ruined house in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 6, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
ARGENTINA-GHOSTTOWN/
RTS675H
November 09, 2015
A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a ruined house in the onetime...
CARHUE, Argentina
A picture taken in the 70s compares the place wtih the current state of a ruined house in the onetime...
A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a ruined house in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen, located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. Picture taken November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JQ8
June 11, 2013
An abandoned petrol station is seen in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final...
DOEL, Belgium
An abandoned petrol station is seen in the Belgian village of Doel
An abandoned petrol station is seen in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. Picture taken June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JQ6
June 11, 2013
The port of Anwerp is seen behind the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final...
DOEL, Belgium
The port of Anwerp is seen behind the Belgian village of Doel
The port of Anwerp is seen behind the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. Picture taken June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JQ4
June 11, 2013
The wall of an abandoned building is painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel June 11, 2013....
DOEL, Belgium
The wall of an abandoned building is painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel
The wall of an abandoned building is painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel June 11, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JQ0
June 11, 2013
The walls of abandoned buildings are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013....
DOEL, Belgium
The walls of abandoned buildings are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel
The walls of abandoned buildings are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. Picture taken June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JPV
June 11, 2013
The walls of abandoned buildings are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013....
DOEL, Belgium
The walls of abandoned buildings are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel
The walls of abandoned buildings are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. Picture taken June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JPS
June 11, 2013
A banner reading "Doel must stay" hangs on an abandoned building in the Belgian village of Doel June...
DOEL, Belgium
A banner reading "Doel must stay" hangs on an abandoned building in the Belgian village of Doel
A banner reading "Doel must stay" hangs on an abandoned building in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. Picture taken June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JPM
June 11, 2013
The interior of an abandoned house is seen through a smashed window in the Belgian village of Doel June...
DOEL, Belgium
The interior of an abandoned house is seen through a smashed window in the Belgian village of Doel
The interior of an abandoned house is seen through a smashed window in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. Picture taken June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JPJ
June 11, 2013
Frie Lauwers, who lives in the Belgian village of Doel, stands in front of a graffiti in an abandoned...
DOEL, Belgium
Frie Lauwers, who lives in the Belgian village of Doel, stands in front of a graffiti in an abandoned...
Frie Lauwers, who lives in the Belgian village of Doel, stands in front of a graffiti in an abandoned school in Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. Picture taken June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JPG
June 11, 2013
Bicycles are parked in front of graffiti painted on an abandoned building in the Belgian village of Doel...
DOEL, Belgium
Bicycles are parked in front of graffiti painted on an abandoned building in the Belgian village of Doel...
Bicycles are parked in front of graffiti painted on an abandoned building in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. Picture taken June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JOK
June 11, 2013
Christel Wille (L) and Max Heijligen sit on the terrace of one of the only cafes remaining in the Belgian...
DOEL, Belgium
Christel Wille and Max Heijligen sit on the terrace of one of the only cafes remaining in the Belgian...
Christel Wille (L) and Max Heijligen sit on the terrace of one of the only cafes remaining in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. Picture taken June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JOE
June 11, 2013
The walls of an abandoned house are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013....
DOEL, Belgium
The walls of an abandoned house are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel
The walls of an abandoned house are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. Picture taken June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JO6
June 11, 2013
The walls of abandoned houses are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013....
DOEL, Belgium
The walls of abandoned houses are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel
The walls of abandoned houses are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. Picture taken June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JO0
June 11, 2013
The walls of abandoned buildings are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013....
DOEL, Belgium
The walls of abandoned buildings are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel
The walls of abandoned buildings are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. Picture taken June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
BBELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JNV
June 11, 2013
The port of Antwerp is seen from the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle...
DOEL, Belgium
The port of Antwerp is seen from the Belgian village of Doel
The port of Antwerp is seen from the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. Picture taken June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS MARITIME)
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JNL
June 11, 2013
The walls of an abandoned house are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel June 11, 2013....
DOEL, Belgium
The walls of an abandoned house are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel
The walls of an abandoned house are painted with graffiti in the Belgian village of Doel June 11, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JNE
June 11, 2013
An abandoned petrol station is seen in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final...
DOEL, Belgium
An abandoned petrol station is seen in the Belgian village of Doel
An abandoned petrol station is seen in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. Picture taken June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JN9
June 11, 2013
Cyclists ride past abandoned buildings in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its...
DOEL, Belgium
Cyclists ride past abandoned buildings in the Belgian village of Doel
Cyclists ride past abandoned buildings in the Belgian village of Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. Picture taken June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
BELGIUM-GHOSTTOWN/
RTX10JN6
June 11, 2013
Frie Lauwers, who lives in the Belgian village of Doel, stands next to an abandoned building in Doel...
DOEL, Belgium
Frie Lauwers, who lives in the Belgian village of Doel, stands next to an abandoned building in Doel
Frie Lauwers, who lives in the Belgian village of Doel, stands next to an abandoned building in Doel June 5, 2013. Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock. The Flemish regional government aims to include the village in one of Europe's largest ports from June 17 over the objections of the remaining villagers who will ask the country's highest administrative court to block this change. Picture taken June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
QUAKE/GHOSTTOWN
RTX5PNB
May 14, 2008
Landslides and boulders partially block roads and huge rocks, cleaved off the hillside, have sliced through...
Mianyang, China
Landslides and boulders partially block roads in Yongan county in Mianyang
Landslides and boulders partially block roads and huge rocks, cleaved off the hillside, have sliced through a wing of a Taoist temple (behind) in Yongan county in Mianyang City, Sichuan province May 14, 2008. Yongan has become a ghost town. Its residents are either dead, evacuated, or camping out in the local school yard. Just a few kilometres south of Beichuan, where state media have reported thousands of deaths from Monday's massive earthquake in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, Yongan has been almost totally destroyed. Picture taken May 14, 2008. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV (CHINA)
QUAKE/GHOSTTOWN
RTX5PN7
May 14, 2008
Schoolchildren's artworks hang inside a destroyed classroom in Yongan county in Mianyang City, Sichuan...
Mianyang, China
Schoolchildren's artworks hang inside a destroyed classroom in Yongan county in Mianyang
Schoolchildren's artworks hang inside a destroyed classroom in Yongan county in Mianyang City, Sichuan province May 14, 2008. Yongan has become a ghost town. Its residents are either dead, evacuated, or camping out in the local school yard. Just a few kilometres south of Beichuan, where state media have reported thousands of deaths from Monday's massive earthquake in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, Yongan has been almost totally destroyed. Picture taken May 14, 2008. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV (CHINA)
QUAKE/GHOSTTOWN
RTX5PN3
May 14, 2008
A young girl plays inside a damaged classroom in Yongan county in Mianyang City, Sichuan province May...
Mianyang, China
A young girl plays inside a damaged classroom in Yongan county in Mianyang
A young girl plays inside a damaged classroom in Yongan county in Mianyang City, Sichuan province May 14, 2008. Yongan has become a ghost town. Its residents are either dead, evacuated, or camping out in the local school yard. Just a few kilometres south of Beichuan, where state media have reported thousands of deaths from Monday's massive earthquake in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, Yongan has been almost totally destroyed. Picture taken May 14, 2008. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV (CHINA)
QUAKE/GHOSTTOWN
RTX5PN1
May 14, 2008
Dust settles on mahjong tiles sitting on a playing table left after a strong earthquake hit Yongan county...
Mianyang, China
Dust settles on mahjong tiles sitting on a playing table left after a strong earthquake hit Yongan county...
Dust settles on mahjong tiles sitting on a playing table left after a strong earthquake hit Yongan county in Mianyang City, Sichuan province May 14, 2008. Yongan has become a ghost town. Its residents are either dead, evacuated, or camping out in the local school yard. In one house, mahjong tiles sit on a playing table, as though in the middle of a game, lacking only the players and the cacophony of sound and clacking of the pieces that normally accompanies it. Picture taken May 14, 2008. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV (CHINA)
QUAKE/GHOSTTOWN
RTX5PMW
May 14, 2008
Residents walk past rows of destroyed and abandoned houses in Yongan county in Mianyang City, Sichuan...
Mianyang, China
Residents walk past rows of destroyed houses in Yongan county in Mianyang
Residents walk past rows of destroyed and abandoned houses in Yongan county in Mianyang City, Sichuan province May 14, 2008. Yongan has become a ghost town. Its residents are either dead, evacuated, or camping out in the local school yard. Just a few kilometres south of Beichuan, where state media have reported thousands of deaths from Monday's massive earthquake in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, Yongan has been almost totally destroyed. Picture taken May 14, 2008. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV (CHINA)
MEXICO-DRUGS/GHOSTTOWN
RTR1O857
April 02, 2007
A man walks past shops that have wound up their businesses in the border town of Nuevo Laredo March 7,...
Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
To match feature MEXICO-DRUGS/GHOSTTOWN
A man walks past shops that have wound up their businesses in the border town of Nuevo Laredo March 7, 2007. Once an easygoing Mexican border town thronging with U.S. tourists, Nuevo Laredo is becoming a ghost town because of a brutal, three-year-old turf war between rival drug cartels that has driven residents and businesses across the Rio Grande to the safety and prosperity of its Texan sister city, Laredo. Photo taken March 7, 2007. To match feature MEXICO-DRUGS/GHOSTTOWN REUTERS/Robin Emmott (MEXICO)
MEXICO-DRUGS/GHOSTTOWN
RTR1O854
April 02, 2007
A boy sits outside shops that have wound up their businesses in the border town of Nuevo Laredo March...
Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
To match feature MEXICO-DRUGS/GHOSTTOWN
A boy sits outside shops that have wound up their businesses in the border town of Nuevo Laredo March 7, 2007. Once an easygoing Mexican border town thronging with U.S. tourists, Nuevo Laredo is becoming a ghost town because of a brutal, three-year-old turf war between rival drug cartels that has driven residents and businesses across the Rio Grande to the safety and prosperity of its Texan sister city, Laredo. Photo taken March 7, 2007. To match feature MEXICO-DRUGS/GHOSTTOWN REUTERS/Robin Emmott (MEXICO)
CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
RTR19SBE
October 26, 2005
Juan Tapia, Santa Laura`s caretaker, holds a old photograph of the former Santa Laura nitrate processing...
Iquique, Chile
To accompany feature CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
Juan Tapia, Santa Laura`s caretaker, holds a old photograph of the former Santa Laura nitrate processing plant in Chile's Atacama desert, in Iquique some 1,800 km (1,118 miles) north of Santiago in this picture taken October 26, 2005. Atacama is a fearsome, ugly desert in northern Chile, a vast territory devoid even of weeds and scattered with hundreds of ghost towns. Ancient, abandoned smoke stacks are almost all that's left of the boomtowns that sprang up in this desolate wilderness in the 1800s when miners migrated here to dig up Chile's white gold -- nitrate used in fertilizers, detergent and explosives. British and Chilean mine owners built huge fortunes on nitrate before the industry collapsed in the 1920s when new, synthetic nitrates undermined the market and expensive desert mining towns became obsolete. Picture Taken October 26, 2005. To accompany feature CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
RTR19S2W
October 26, 2005
A view of the back door of the abandoned Humberstone`s nitrate town in Chile's Atacama desert, in Iquique...
Iquique, Chile
To accompany feature CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
A view of the back door of the abandoned Humberstone`s nitrate town in Chile's Atacama desert, in Iquique some 1,800 km (1,118 miles) north of Santiago in this picture taken October 26, 2005. Atacama is a fearsome, ugly desert in northern Chile, a vast territory devoid even of weeds and scattered with hundreds of ghost towns. Ancient, abandoned smoke stacks are almost all that's left of the boomtowns that sprang up in this desolate wilderness in the 1800s when miners migrated here to dig up Chile's white gold -- nitrate used in fertilizers, detergent and explosives. British and Chilean mine owners built huge fortunes on nitrate before the industry collapsed in the 1920s when new, synthetic nitrates undermined the market and expensive desert mining towns became obsolete. Picture Taken October 26, 2005. To accompany feature CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
RTR19RSA
October 26, 2005
A tourists walk inside of an old house in the former Santa Laura nitrate processing plant in Chile's...
Iquique, Chile
A tourists walk inside of an old house in the former Santa Laura nitrate processing plant in Chile's...
A tourists walk inside of an old house in the former Santa Laura nitrate processing plant in Chile's Atacama desert near Iquique some 1,800 km (1,118 miles) north of Santiago in this picture taken October 26, 2005. Atacama is a fearsome, ugly desert in northern Chile, a vast territory devoid even of weeds and scattered with hundreds of ghost towns. Ancient, abandoned smoke stacks are almost all that's left of the boomtowns that sprang up in this desolate wilderness in the 1800s when miners migrated here to dig up Chile's white gold -- nitrate used in fertilizers, detergent and explosives. British and Chilean mine owners built huge fortunes on nitrate before the industry collapsed in the 1920s when new, synthetic nitrates undermined the market and expensive desert mining towns became obsolete. Picture Taken October 26, 2005. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
RTR1BUTA
October 25, 2005
A landscape of an abandoned nitrate processing plant known as Santa Laura is seen in Chile's Atacama...
Iquique, Chile
A landscape of an abandoned nitrate processing plant known as Santa Laura is seen in Chile's Atacama...
A landscape of an abandoned nitrate processing plant known as Santa Laura is seen in Chile's Atacama desert near Iquique some 1,800 km (1,118 miles) north of Santiago in this picture taken October 25, 2005. Atacama is a fearsome, ugly desert in northern Chile, a vast territory devoid even of weeds and scattered with hundreds of ghost towns. Ancient, abandoned smoke stacks are almost all that's left of the boomtowns that sprang up in this desolate wilderness in the 1800s when miners migrated here to dig up Chile's white gold -- nitrate used in fertilizers, detergent and explosives. British and Chilean mine owners built huge fortunes on nitrate before the industry collapsed in the 1920s when new, synthetic nitrates undermined the market and expensive desert mining towns became obsolete. Picture Taken October 25, 2005. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
RTR19STQ
October 25, 2005
A caretaker walks under the structure of an abandoned nitrate processing plant known as Santa Laura in...
Iquique, Chile
A caretaker walks under the structure of an abandoned nitrate processing plant known as Santa Laura in...
A caretaker walks under the structure of an abandoned nitrate processing plant known as Santa Laura in Chile's Atacama desert near Iquique some 1,800 km (1,118 miles) north of Santiago in this picture taken October 25, 2005. Atacama is a fearsome, ugly desert in northern Chile, a vast territory devoid even of weeds and scattered with hundreds of ghost towns. Ancient, abandoned smoke stacks are almost all that's left of the boomtowns that sprang up in this desolate wilderness in the 1800s when miners migrated here to dig up Chile's white gold -- nitrate used in fertilizers, detergent and explosives. British and Chilean mine owners built huge fortunes on nitrate before the industry collapsed in the 1920s when new, synthetic nitrates undermined the market and expensive desert mining towns became obsolete. Picture Taken October 25, 2005. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
RTR19SRK
October 25, 2005
A view of a cross through a window in the abandoned Humberstone`s nitrate town in Chile's Atacama desert...
Iquique, Chile
To accompany feature CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
A view of a cross through a window in the abandoned Humberstone`s nitrate town in Chile's Atacama desert near Iquique some 1,800 km (1,118 miles) north of Santiago in this picture taken October 25, 2005. Atacama is a fearsome, ugly desert in northern Chile, a vast territory devoid even of weeds and scattered with hundreds of ghost towns. Ancient, abandoned smoke stacks are almost all that's left of the boomtowns that sprang up in this desolate wilderness in the 1800s when miners migrated here to dig up Chile's white gold -- nitrate used in fertilizers, detergent and explosives. British and Chilean mine owners built huge fortunes on nitrate before the industry collapsed in the 1920s when new, synthetic nitrates undermined the market and expensive desert mining towns became obsolete. Picture Taken October 25, 2005. To accompany feature CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
RTR19SNU
October 25, 2005
A view of a cross inside the abandoned Humberstone`s nitrate town in Chile's Atacama desert near Iquique...
Iquique, Chile
To accompany feature CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
A view of a cross inside the abandoned Humberstone`s nitrate town in Chile's Atacama desert near Iquique some 1,800 km (1,118 miles) north of Santiago in this picture taken October 25, 2005. Atacama is a fearsome, ugly desert in northern Chile, a vast territory devoid even of weeds and scattered with hundreds of ghost towns. Ancient, abandoned smoke stacks are almost all that's left of the boomtowns that sprang up in this desolate wilderness in the 1800s when miners migrated here to dig up Chile's white gold -- nitrate used in fertilizers, detergent and explosives. British and Chilean mine owners built huge fortunes on nitrate before the industry collapsed in the 1920s when new, synthetic nitrates undermined the market and expensive desert mining towns became obsolete. Picture Taken October 25, 2005. To accompany feature CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
RTR19SNO
October 25, 2005
A destroyed train lies next to the abandoned Humberstone`s nitrate town in Chile's Atacama desert in...
Iquique, Chile
To accompany feature CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
A destroyed train lies next to the abandoned Humberstone`s nitrate town in Chile's Atacama desert in Iquique some 1,800 km (1,118 miles) north of Santiago in this picture taken October 25, 2005. Atacama is a fearsome, ugly desert in northern Chile, a vast territory devoid even of weeds and scattered with hundreds of ghost towns. Ancient, abandoned smoke stacks are almost all that's left of the boomtowns that sprang up in this desolate wilderness in the 1800s when miners migrated here to dig up Chile's white gold -- nitrate used in fertilizers, detergent and explosives. British and Chilean mine owners built huge fortunes on nitrate before the industry collapsed in the 1920s when new, synthetic nitrates undermined the market and expensive desert mining towns became obsolete. Picture Taken October 25, 2005. To accompany feature CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
RTR19SHO
October 25, 2005
A view across a glass of the former square inside abandoned Humberstone`s nitrate town in Chile's Atacama...
Iquique, Chile
A view across a glass of the former square inside abandoned Humberstone`s nitrate town in Chile's Atacama...
A view across a glass of the former square inside abandoned Humberstone`s nitrate town in Chile's Atacama desert near Iquique some 1,800 km (1,118 miles) north of Santiago in this picture taken October 25, 2005. Atacama is a fearsome, ugly desert in northern Chile, a vast territory devoid even of weeds and scattered with hundreds of ghost towns. Ancient, abandoned smoke stacks are almost all that's left of the boomtowns that sprang up in this desolate wilderness in the 1800s when miners migrated here to dig up Chile's white gold -- nitrate used in fertilizers, detergent and explosives. British and Chilean mine owners built huge fortunes on nitrate before the industry collapsed in the 1920s when new, synthetic nitrates undermined the market and expensive desert mining towns became obsolete. Picture Taken October 25, 2005. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
RTR19SHJ
October 25, 2005
A view of a street inside the abandoned Humberstone`s nitrate town in Chile's Atacama desert near Iquique...
Iquique, Chile
A view of a street inside the abandoned Humberstone`s nitrate town in Chile's Atacama desert near Iquique...
A view of a street inside the abandoned Humberstone`s nitrate town in Chile's Atacama desert near Iquique some 1,800 km (1,118 miles) north of Santiago in this picture taken October 25, 2005. Atacama is a fearsome, ugly desert in northern Chile, a vast territory devoid even of weeds and scattered with hundreds of ghost towns. Ancient, abandoned smoke stacks are almost all that's left of the boomtowns that sprang up in this desolate wilderness in the 1800s when miners migrated here to dig up Chile's white gold -- nitrate used in fertilizers, detergent and explosives. British and Chilean mine owners built huge fortunes on nitrate before the industry collapsed in the 1920s when new, synthetic nitrates undermined the market and expensive desert mining towns became obsolete. Picture Taken October 25, 2005. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
RTR19SH2
October 25, 2005
A night view inside an abandoned nitrate processing plant known as Santa Laura in Chile's Atacama desert...
Iquique, Chile
A night view inside an abandoned nitrate processing plant known as Santa Laura in Chile's Atacama desert...
A night view inside an abandoned nitrate processing plant known as Santa Laura in Chile's Atacama desert near Iquique some 1,800 km (1,118 miles) north of Santiago in this picture taken October 25, 2005. Atacama is a fearsome, ugly desert in northern Chile, a vast territory devoid even of weeds and scattered with hundreds of ghost towns. Ancient, abandoned smoke stacks are almost all that's left of the boomtowns that sprang up in this desolate wilderness in the 1800s when miners migrated here to dig up Chile's white gold -- nitrate used in fertilizers, detergent and explosives. British and Chilean mine owners built huge fortunes on nitrate before the industry collapsed in the 1920s when new, synthetic nitrates undermined the market and expensive desert mining towns became obsolete. Picture Taken October 25, 2005. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
CHILE-GHOSTTOWNS
RTR19SGG
October 25, 2005
A tourist takes a picture in an abandoned nitrate processing plant known as Santa Laura in Chile's Atacama...
Iquique, Chile
A tourist takes a picture in an abandoned nitrate processing plant known as Santa Laura in Chile's Atacama...
A tourist takes a picture in an abandoned nitrate processing plant known as Santa Laura in Chile's Atacama desert, near Iquique some 1,800 km (1,118 miles) north of Santiago in this picture taken October 25, 2005. Atacama is a fearsome, ugly desert in northern Chile, a vast territory devoid even of weeds and scattered with hundreds of ghost towns. Ancient, abandoned smoke stacks are almost all that's left of the boomtowns that sprang up in this desolate wilderness in the 1800s when miners migrated here to dig up Chile's white gold -- nitrate used in fertilizers, detergent and explosives. British and Chilean mine owners built huge fortunes on nitrate before the industry collapsed in the 1920s when new, synthetic nitrates undermined the market and expensive desert mining towns became obsolete. Picture Taken October 25, 2005. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
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