There's no doubt that the world's deserted cities have seen better days, but what caused these mass evacuations? Whether you're walking through the rustic ghost towns of the American frontier or the cities torn apart by environmental and industrial mishap, abandoned cities are fascinating views into the past. How much do you know about the world's most famously forgotten places?
Which of the following abandoned settlements experienced an extraordinary drought despite its proximity to the ocean?
Hashima Island, Japan
Roanoke Island, N.C.
In 1986, residents and workers at Prypiat, Ukraine, were evacuated from the city because of which event?
a natural gas leak
an explosion at a nearby nuclear power station
a flash flood
Which well-known ghost town in Arizona got its namesake from the wife of Julius Andrews, the town's mining camp store owner?
What modern city was recorded as the most densely populated on Earth before it was abandoned in 1974?
Hashima Island, Japan
Which desolate mining town in Chile was declared a World Heritage site in 2005?
Both Humberstone and Santa Laura
The city of Pompeii was buried beneath layers of pumice and ash in A.D. 79 by an eruption from which volcano?
Roger Avary, screenwriter for the horror film "Silent Hill," was influenced by which of the following abandoned cities?
Hill City, Minn.
What strange structures were left behind in Sanzhi, Taiwan?
Which abandoned hamlet now lies in a national park north of New York City?
If you were to venture to Elkhorn, Mont., in the 1870s to strike it rich, which of the following metals would be the easiest to mine?
Which of the following is NOT an abandoned city?
Before becoming a part of the Kalaupapa National Historical Park in Hawaii, a portion of the island Molokai served as a colony for whom?
people with leprosy, or Hansen's disease
European religious dissenters
government officials who needed a vacation
Which of the following cities does NOT have part of its territory submerged underwater?
Port Royal, Jamaica
With vacation spots named after the legendary lost city of Atlantis, which resort company owns property in the Bahamas and Dubai?
Kerzner International Resorts
The Walt Disney Company
Discovery Channel explored how to survive and rebuild after catastrophic situations in which TV show?
Man vs. Wild
Which popular gold rush town became desolate in the wake of new mining projects to the east, World War I and the Great Depression?
Idaho Springs, Colo.
The Kowloon Walled City was a derelict city in which country?
Times Beach, Mo., was evacuated after the EPA found which contaminant in its soil?
Which abandoned city in Turkey is known for its 2,000 empty stone houses?
Which mineral fiber associated with mesothelioma and other lung-related illnesses spurred the permanent evacuation of Wittenoom, Australia?