As solid and unshakable as we think our civilization is, its grip on nature is tenuous at best. If any cracks appear in the faces of our buildings or our machines, nature is quick to move in and take over. With this in mind, here are 21 photos of places and things that nature is in the process of reclaiming.

As solid and unshakable as we think our civilization is, its grip on nature is tenuous at best. If any cracks appear in the faces of our buildings or our machines, nature is quick to move in and take over.

There is an abandoned town in the middle of Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park! What?!?

Hiker discovers an abandoned town inside Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park

"Discovered" by the world through a viral article, but we've always known about Elkmont. Come check it out the next time you're in the Smokies. ** There is an abandoned town in the middle of Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

In the small town of Ashland, Pennsylvania, Route 61 takes an unexplained detour; a “Keep Out” sign straddles the original highway. Ignore the warning and you'll arrive in the abandoned town of Centralia, where an underground mine fire has been burning since 1962 when residents accidentally ignited a vein of anthracite coal. Despite efforts stop the fire it still burns today and could burn for 250 years. Some houses still stand but most have been demolished. 'Silent Hill' was based on this…

Abandoned Town of Centralia, Pennsylvania

The abandoned town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, has been condemned since an underground fire broke out in 1962

. Grand lobby of the Overlook Hotel abandoned hotel.  Movie set of the "Overlook Hotel" in the Shining movie.

Why, oh why, would this place ever be abandoned? Grand lobby of the Overlook Hotel abandoned hotel. Movie set of the "Overlook Hotel" in the Shining movie.

Eastern State Penitentiary III, Cell Block Three, Philadelphia, PA. Erected in 1829, it was finally abandoned in 1971. In 1995, Terry Gilliam used it as the setting for a mental hospital in his film "Twelve Monkeys."

25 Bone-Chilling Photos of Abandoned Places

Eastern State Penitentiary III, Cell Block Three - 2009 I visited this place last summer!

abandoned NY subway station, untouched since 1945. beautiful.

City Hall Subway Station in New York City, New York. (photo by John-Paul Palescandolo) The City Hall Subway Station opened in October 1904 and was part of the first line of the New York City Subway.

TEN-STOREY tree house that makes Swiss Family Robinson look like amateurs

Stunning photos show TEN-STORY tree house that makes Swiss Family Robinson looks like amateurs (and the builder says it was commissioned by God)

Now THAT'S a Tree House « Took builder 11 years to create The world's tallest treehouse, located in Crossville, Tennessee, makes the Swiss Family Robinsons look like a bunch of amateurs.

Abandonded satellite dish

Abandoned satellite dish Isn't it magnificent still- It reminds me of Mad Max. Mel Gibson when he was still Australian and sooper! Tom Hardy a good choice for the current version.

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