Urban Exploration, for the win.

Not sure what it is that about abandoned buildings and settlements, but I find the topic of urban (and not so urban) exploration pretty fascinating.  I can usually get my fix over at Love these Pics, which is a fantastic site if you’re not familiar with it. Some of my favorites there are an old NSA listening post in Berlin, Bodie Historic State Park and Chernobyl (a subject that I’ve studied extensively – more on that below).

Tonight I came across this post on Longreads about a long abandoned Soviet-era mining town in the Arctic. Definitely worth checking out, calling the history of this site “interesting” would be an understatement.

If you’re interested in reading up on the Chernobyl disaster, make sure to check out Kidofspeed’s website. It’s a photojournal of her visits to the exclusion zone around Pripyat, it serves as an eerie reminder of worse case scenarios. Recommended reading on the subject: Wormwood Forest by Mary Mycio and Chernobyl A Novel by Frederik Pohl.

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