African Ghost Town Reclaimed By The Desert

(Images via Romain Veillon)

Ghost towns are the product of a booming then bottomed out economy that causes people to abandon the town, and when the people are all gone the town has nowhere to go, it merely bides the time until it all comes tumbling down in decay, or until the earth has finished reclaiming the space for its own.

The German settlement Kolmanskop resides in Namibia, serving as a testament to the European exploitation of resources in Africa and the fleeting nature of communities based around diamond and gold mining.

Abandoned in 1954, this series of pics by photographer Romain Veillon appropriately entitled Les Sables Du Temps (the Sands of Time) shows the town sixty years later, as it's slowly devoured by the desert sand.

-Via Dangerous Minds

Previously on Neatorama- A Ghost Town Buried in the Sand

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