This small island off the coast of Japan used to house a thriving community of coal miners. In 1974 the coal ran out and the island was abandoned. This site has two photo galleries, of the island during its downfall in 1974 and another from the abandoned island. The latter pictures show a desolate scenario where Man seems to have gone extinct.
This photo gallery reminded me of my last visit to Venice, when I saw a strange fortress-like island off the main one. Later I found it to be Venice's San Michele island, the city's cemetery since 1810.