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."

#1

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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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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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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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.

#4

An Abandoned Church In France

An Abandoned Church In France

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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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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?

#6

Trees Sprouted On Top Of Abandoned Chimneys

Trees Sprouted On Top Of Abandoned Chimneys

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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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#8

I Saw A Tree Eating A Stop Sign

I Saw A Tree Eating A Stop Sign

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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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#10

Scola Tower, Liguria, Italy

Scola Tower, Liguria, Italy

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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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#12

Abandoned Bike Reclaimed By Ivy

Abandoned Bike Reclaimed By Ivy

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#13

Destined To Be Green. Abandoned Escalator

Destined To Be Green. Abandoned Escalator

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#14

Mother Nature Is Calling. Somewhere In China

Mother Nature Is Calling. Somewhere In China

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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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#16

Shrine In Japan

Shrine In Japan

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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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#18

Abandoned Stone Cottage. Sneem/Kenmare, Ireland

Abandoned Stone Cottage. Sneem/Kenmare, Ireland

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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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#20

A Barn Claimed By Kudzu In Tennessee

A Barn Claimed By Kudzu In Tennessee

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#21

Overgrown Roller Coaster

Overgrown Roller Coaster

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#22

This Building Was Completely Overgrown By Ivy

This Building Was Completely Overgrown By Ivy

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#23

Abandoned Railway Bridge In Czech Republic

Abandoned Railway Bridge In Czech Republic

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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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#25

This Tree I Found Growing In An Old Silo

This Tree I Found Growing In An Old Silo

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#26

Mushrooms Growing Through The Floor!

Mushrooms Growing Through The Floor!

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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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#29

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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#30

A Tree Eating A Fence

A Tree Eating A 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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#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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#33

This Street Sign Has Been Covered By This Tree

This Street Sign Has Been Covered By This Tree

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#34

Abandoned Car In Beijing

Abandoned Car In Beijing

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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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#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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#37

Cactus In A Rain Gutter

Cactus In A Rain 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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#39

This Tree Has Nearly Totally Grown Around A Sign

This Tree Has Nearly Totally Grown Around A Sign

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#40

Abandoned City Akarmara, Abkhazia

Abandoned City Akarmara, Abkhazia

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#41

Road washed out by flood, WA state

Road washed out by flood, WA state

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#42

Found A Shoe In The Woods

Found A Shoe In The Woods

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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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#44

These Plants Growing Out Of Someone’s Car

These Plants Growing Out Of Someone’s Car

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#45

Abandoned Office Found With Lots Of Moss And Mold

Abandoned Office Found With Lots Of Moss And Mold

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