We can think that we're leaving our mark on the Earth as much as we want, but it's only temporary. With time, Mother Nature reclaims its lost territories and there's not much we can do about it. Bored Panda has compiled a list of photos of abandoned cars, buildings, and even entire towns that are losing their battles against disappearing into their natural surroundings, and you don't have to be an urban explorer to be moved by them. "By the sweat of your brow, you will eat your food until you return to the ground since from it, you were taken; for dust, you are and to dust, you will return."

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Amazing Abandoned 13th Century Château Located In France

Amazing Abandoned 13th Century Château Located In France

In 1932 a fire broke out and caused devastating damage to the building and its contents. It has since been left to the elements.

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Kayleigh Jones 4 months ago

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST CASTLE!

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If you're into this kind of stuff, you should consider watching shows like History Channel's The Life After People which have comprehensive timelines of collapses detailing what would happen if humans suddenly disappeared from the face of the earth.

#2

Someone Added Googley Eyes To This Tree Consuming A Bridge

Someone Added Googley Eyes To This Tree Consuming A Bridge

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Karin Jansen 4 months ago

Nomnomnomnom!

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The BBC (with scientific advice from Dr. Philip Wheeler, OU.) has entertained this thought as well. Within just days, the electricity grid fails as supplies run out. There's nobody to override the power stations' failsafe mechanisms, too.

#3

Abandoned House, Norway Style

Abandoned House, Norway Style

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Luis Milian 4 months ago

nature will always prevail

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Within a week, the subways built under the water table flood. To put things into perspective, the 47 million liters ( 12.4M gallons) of water that was pumped out of the London Underground every day inundates tunnels. Without heating and air conditioning, mold takes over surfaces in homes and offices. Other plants begin taking over buildings as different species compete for space.

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An Abandoned Church In France

An Abandoned Church In France

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Luis Milian 4 months ago

this looks like a fairy will fly by if you wait long enough

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Eventually, the lines between city and countryside get blurred. Windows fall out of rotten frames and wildlife takes over towns and cities. Meanwhile, farmland gets covered by scrub and trees.

But scattered on the surface, some things will never degrade. Metals corrode, plastics start breaking down and dispersing, but stainless steel pans, stranded granite worktops, and billions of car tires remain.

#5

Statue Of Buddha Being Reclaimed By Mangrove Forest

Statue Of Buddha Being Reclaimed By Mangrove Forest

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Agfox 4 months ago

"Be at one with the tree"

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Nuclear facilities fail. Some explode, unleashing an enormous amount of radiation onto the local ecosystem causing many animals to die. The radiation makes others mutate, creating new evolutionary lines. In a way, it's kind of soothing to know that the universe would carry on even without us, isn't it?

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Trees Sprouted On Top Of Abandoned Chimneys

Trees Sprouted On Top Of Abandoned Chimneys

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Toujin C'Thlu 4 months ago

The chimneys look like trees themselves.

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#7

The Desert Reclaiming Territories In Namibia. Now A Ghost Town, Kolmanskop Was Once An Oasis Where Miners Lived

The Desert Reclaiming Territories In Namibia. Now A Ghost Town, Kolmanskop Was Once An Oasis Where Miners Lived

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Holosexual 4 months ago

Surreal

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#8

I Saw A Tree Eating A Stop Sign

I Saw A Tree Eating A Stop Sign

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A panda 4 months ago

The "no!!"...irony

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#9

Abandoned Apartment Building Being Claimed By The Sea In The Former Fishing Village Of Kirovsky, Russia

Abandoned Apartment Building Being Claimed By The Sea In The Former Fishing Village Of Kirovsky, Russia

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Peta_C 4 months ago

Incredible! Reminds me of 'Inception'

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#10

Scola Tower, Liguria, Italy

Scola Tower, Liguria, Italy

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David Andreas 4 months ago

i'd live there

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#11

Trees Grow Inside The Hull Of A Sunken Ship

Trees Grow Inside The Hull Of A Sunken Ship

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Ankita Pattanayak 4 months ago (edited)

This is a chance the trees would not have got otherwise.Finally, humans helping nature!!

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#12

Abandoned Bike Reclaimed By Ivy

Abandoned Bike Reclaimed By Ivy

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Pan Narrans 4 months ago

As this is in The Netherlands it's probably an art project. Your bike would have been stolen before ivy had a chance to take hold.

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#13

Destined To Be Green. Abandoned Escalator

Destined To Be Green. Abandoned Escalator

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Peta_C 4 months ago

Very post apocalyptic.

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#14

Mother Nature Is Calling. Somewhere In China

Mother Nature Is Calling. Somewhere In China

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Eirik Johnsbråten 4 months ago

This gives me Totoro vibes.

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#15

This Tree Grew Over A Grave Stone And Took The Cross With It

This Tree Grew Over A Grave Stone And Took The Cross With It

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Kaisu 4 months ago

This is really awesome!

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#16

Shrine In Japan

Shrine In Japan

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Magic567 4 months ago

he's like plz don't eat me moss

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#17

Abandoned Asylum In Italy That Has Been Touched By Bob Ross

Abandoned Asylum In Italy That Has Been Touched By Bob Ross

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A panda 4 months ago

And some street artists on the left😂

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#18

Abandoned Stone Cottage. Sneem/Kenmare, Ireland

Abandoned Stone Cottage. Sneem/Kenmare, Ireland

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J L 4 months ago

You find these all over Ireland. Most are famine era. Either the people died, left for the cities or left the country. Ireland can feel crowded, tourists everywhere and better roads connecting the whole country and hundreds of thousands me people with the recent immigration but there still less people living here that there was before the famine.

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#19

Earth Slowly Reclaiming An Abandoned Boat - SS City Of Adelaide, Wrecked Off The Coast Of Magnetic Island, Australia

Earth Slowly Reclaiming An Abandoned Boat - SS City Of Adelaide, Wrecked Off The Coast Of Magnetic Island, Australia

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Luis Milian 4 months ago

imagine all the creatures that now reside in there. a new world

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#20

A Barn Claimed By Kudzu In Tennessee

A Barn Claimed By Kudzu In Tennessee

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spirit wolf 4 months ago

This is such a common sight in rural Tennessee, that thing grows at lightning speed.

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#21

Overgrown Roller Coaster

Overgrown Roller Coaster

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A panda 4 months ago

The ride's gonna be adventurous

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#22

This Building Was Completely Overgrown By Ivy

This Building Was Completely Overgrown By Ivy

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The Cute Cat 4 months ago

Can it be called an Ivy League?

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#23

Abandoned Railway Bridge In Czech Republic

Abandoned Railway Bridge In Czech Republic

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The Cute Cat 4 months ago

This one is beautifull

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#24

Just A Little Moss, It Will Buff Out

Just A Little Moss, It Will Buff Out

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A panda 4 months ago

Mysterious van of adventures

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#25

This Tree I Found Growing In An Old Silo

This Tree I Found Growing In An Old Silo

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A panda 4 months ago

Amazing

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#26

Mushrooms Growing Through The Floor!

Mushrooms Growing Through The Floor!

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A panda 4 months ago

Cutie mushies

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#27

I Found A Tree Growing Through Speed Limit Sign

I Found A Tree Growing Through Speed Limit Sign

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Kaisu 4 months ago

It's amazing how nature finds a way

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#28

Lost Road In WA

Lost Road In WA

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Kevin Camp 4 months ago

We have many of those in Oklahoma. Especially where the Corps of Engineers have created reservoirs and swallowed up hundreds of small communities. Roads that disappear into a lake is common place here. There are dozens of small towns in Oklahoma that were relocated because otherwise they would be underwater. Some are just gone.

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I Grew Up On The Puerto Rico Navy Base Which Closed In 2004. It’s Now Overgrown And Taken Over By Nature

I Grew Up On The Puerto Rico Navy Base Which Closed In 2004. It’s Now Overgrown And Taken Over By Nature

I found a picture of the road I grew up on- this is the part after the hill behind me. It makes me sad, there were lots of good memories there.

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Lilli 4 months ago

awww... that's sad.

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#30

A Tree Eating A Fence

A Tree Eating A Fence

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The Cute Cat 4 months ago

Defense-less fence..

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#31

This Tree Has Almost Completely Overgrown A Large Metal Sign Posted On It

This Tree Has Almost Completely Overgrown A Large Metal Sign Posted On It

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Misaki Chan 4 months ago

"Tree End" 😅

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#32

Nature Winning The Battle Against Civilization In The Exclusion Zone Around Chernobyl

Nature Winning The Battle Against Civilization In The Exclusion Zone Around Chernobyl

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John R. 4 months ago

It's Simon !!!!!

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#33

This Street Sign Has Been Covered By This Tree

This Street Sign Has Been Covered By This Tree

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Adina Vaideș 4 months ago

Wisteria <3

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#34

Abandoned Car In Beijing

Abandoned Car In Beijing

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Luis Milian 4 months ago

I imagined abandoned because hoomans left the area, but to live along side a trash car and let it sit there long enough for this to happen is just lazy and nasty

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#35

Colony Of Moss Growing Inside A Bike Seat

Colony Of Moss Growing Inside A Bike Seat

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A B C 4 months ago

It looks like there's a miniature ravine in there, complete with trees and a river at the bottom

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#36

This Tree Near My School Track That Absorbed A Fence And Shows The Pattern On The Bark

This Tree Near My School Track That Absorbed A Fence And Shows The Pattern On The Bark

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Louise Brigance 3 months ago

Tree is totally uninterested in who was there first! Never mind, I'm coming through!!

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#37

Cactus In A Rain Gutter

Cactus In A Rain Gutter

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Toujin C'Thlu 4 months ago

I'm guessing a bird dropped a seed in the gutter.

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#38

A Sacred Tree Reclaiming An Occupied 5 Story Building In An Old Section Of Downtown Kolkata

A Sacred Tree Reclaiming An Occupied 5 Story Building In An Old Section Of Downtown Kolkata

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Susan Gardner 4 months ago

very creepy. talk about a 'haunted house.' can you imagine what it looks like at night? yikes!

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#39

This Tree Has Nearly Totally Grown Around A Sign

This Tree Has Nearly Totally Grown Around A Sign

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A panda 4 months ago

Sign said "pleASE"

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#40

Abandoned City Akarmara, Abkhazia

Abandoned City Akarmara, Abkhazia

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dzerashvili 4 months ago

It is not a country. You shoul mention the country's name. GEORGIA

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#41

Road washed out by flood, WA state

Road washed out by flood, WA state

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Randomcthulu 4 months ago

I've seen this kind of thing happen in New Mexico after heavy rains caused flash flooding.

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#42

Found A Shoe In The Woods

Found A Shoe In The Woods

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Thenatural 4 months ago

Gucci would sell that at £850 as 'distressed' trainers

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#43

An Old Abandoned Road Slowly Healing Over And Being Reclaimed By Nature

An Old Abandoned Road Slowly Healing Over And Being Reclaimed By Nature

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Kjorn 4 months ago

road to silent hill

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#44

These Plants Growing Out Of Someone’s Car

These Plants Growing Out Of Someone’s Car

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Toujin C'Thlu 4 months ago

A similar thing happened to my dad's car when I was a kid. We joked that it was becoming a Chia Car

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Abandoned Office Found With Lots Of Moss And Mold

Abandoned Office Found With Lots Of Moss And Mold

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GFSTaylor 4 months ago

Are you sure that's not just a carpet left over from the 70's ?

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