Here’s a fun story: the ghost island of 1831! It was given various names by the many men who claimed it – “Julia,” “Ferdinandea,” “Graham Island.” When it disappeared, those men mostly forgot about it. 

But Charles Lyell, a good friend and colleague of Charles Darwin, was really excited about the island. He saw this underwater volcano as evidence of this theory of geologic uniformitarianism (the idea that the forces we see at work in the world today have always been shaping the world) and wrote about it the second volume of his major work. It was called Principles of Geology: being an attempt to explain the former changes of the Earth’s surface, by reference to causes now in operation.

You can learn more about lava (and see this story fully animated) in Skunk Bear’s latest video: THE LAVA AFFAIR.

Also called “Battleship Island”, Hashima Island off the coast of Japan was once the most densely populated city on planet earth. From 1890 to 1974, the island was a coal mining facility. But when petroleum replaced coal in the 1960′s, coal mines across Japan began shutting down and Hashima was abandoned, giving it a new nickname, “Ghost Island.”

Proper want to go there. :(

Hashima ‘Ghost’ Island - Leaving it all behind…

- Abandoned Places

“At one time Hashima Island was described as the most densely populated place in the world. Now it is completely empty, the buildings starting to tumble as nature takes the island back for her own…”

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Isla de las Muñecas- ‘Island of Dolls’

Located off Southern Mexico, this creepy island is filled with hundreds of dolls that are supposedly haunted. The dolls pay homage to a young girl who mysteriously drowned many years ago on this island. Many believe that the dolls are possessed by her spirit. Local legend says that the dolls move their heads and arms and even opened their eyes.


Ghost Island, abandoned since 1974

During the industrial revolution in Japan, the Mitsubishi company built this remote island civilization around large coal deposits in theNagasaki islands. The island is home to some of Japan’s first high rise concrete buildings, and for almost a century, mining thrived on the island.

Today, a post-apocalyptic vibe haunts the abandoned island and the dilapidated towers and empty streets exist in a creepy industrial silence. In 2009, the island opened to tourists, so now you can take a trip to explore the Ghost Island’s abandoned movie theaters, apartment towers, and shops.


    Hashima Island, Nagasaki, Japan. This former coal mining facility once housed thousands of workers during the industrialisation of Japan. Tall concrete apartment complexes were built to pack workers onto the small island, and a large seawall was built around it to protect against tsunamis. As petroleum replaced coal, the island was eventually completely abandoned. 


Gunkanjima - Hashima

“The island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility. The island’s most notable features are the abandoned and undisturbed concrete apartment buildings and the surrounding sea wall. The island has been administered as part of Nagasaki city since the merger of the former town of Takashima in 2005.[citation needed]

It is known for its coal mines and their operation during the industrialization of JapanMitsubishi bought the island in 1890 and began the project, the aim of which was retrieving coal from undersea mines. They built Japan’s first large concrete building (9 stories high),[1] a block of apartments in 1916 to accommodate their burgeoning ranks of workers. Concrete was specifically used to protect against typhoondestruction. In 1959, the 6.3-hectare (16-acre) island’s population reached its peak of 5,259, with a population density of 835 people perhectare (83,500 people/km2, 216,264 people per square mile) for the whole island, or 1,391 per hectare (139,100 people/km2) for the residential district.[2][not in citation given]

As petroleum replaced coal in Japan in the 1960s, coal mines began shutting down all over the country, and Hashima’s mines were no exception. Mitsubishi officially announced the closing of the mine in 1974, and today it is empty and bare, which is why it is called Ghost Island.[3] Travel to Hashima was re-opened on April 22, 2009 after 35 years of closure.[4]


Gunkanjima (“Battleship Island”) has been deserted since 1972.

Off the West coast of Japan, this island was built after the discovery of coal in 1810 which let to the installation of mining activities and therefore gave rise to a population.

After coal was replaced by petroleum and mines were closed, people were forced to leave and the concrete island was left as it was for decades. Now open to public, let’s just hope it doesn’t turn into a tourist attraction and keeps its nostalgic authenticity.

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Hashima, the ghost island of Japan. It is also known as Gunkajima or Battleship Island due to its shape. It may not look like it, but this island was once the most densely populated place on earth. Because of the big amounts of coal which lay underneath this island many families of coalworkers lived there; even schools and hospitals were built for the inhabitants. But after the decline of the coal industry it became abandoned.Currently they try to designate Hashima as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

(You may recognize it from a scene of Skyfall. Indeed the island was an inspiration source for the director hence the resemblance.)

ND research resources Pt.1

The other day I mentioned how when I would play a new Nancy Drew game as a kid I would become so interested in whatever it was about that I would totally immerse myself in it by doing extra research on the various subjects once the game was over. I’m not sure if this was something everyone else did too but I thought it’d be fun to make a resource post about it. (All links are for videos)

Secrets Can Kill 

How to Break Open a Combo Lock

Judo Basics for Beginners

Stay Tuned for Danger

20+ Classic Soap Operas

Message in a Haunted Mansion

The Great San Francisco Earthquake

A ride down San Francisco’s Market Street in 1900

San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1912

A Brief History of the Seance

How a Two Way mirror Works

Treasure in the Royal Tower

 The French Revolution

The Final Scene 

Harry Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery

Houdini Preforming his Straight Jacket Escape

The Man from Beyond (a 1922 feature film staring Houdini)

Haldane of the Secret Service (a 1923 feature film staring Houdini)

Secret of the Scarlet Hand

Lost Kingdoms of the Maya

Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake

Demon Rum (Prohibition documentary)

The Life of Al Capone

The Haunted Carousel 

Coney Island Amusement Rides in the 1940s, Including Carousel

Tour an Abandoned Amusement Park

Danger on Deception Island 

Orca Whales in Deception Pass, WA

Killer Wale/Orca Documentary

The Secret of Shadow Ranch 

Native Americans of Arizona (1945 Doc.)

The Story of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Curse of Blackmoor Manor 

History of Witches

Alchemy, Dreams of Gold

Secret of the Old Clock 

Blueberry Pie Recipe

Stock Market Crash of 1929

Nancy Drew … Reporter

Training to be a Telephone Operator

Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon 

The Life of Abraham Lincoln

Antique Needlework Samplers

Danger by Design 

Moulin Rouge (1928 silent film)

Developing Photos in a Darkroom

Tour the Paris Catacombs

The Creature of Kapu Cave 

Conquest of Hawaii

The White Wolf of Icicle Creek 

How to rescue yourself if you fall through a frozen lake

Legend of the Crystal Skull 

Crystal Skulls; Prophecies of Doom or a Hoax

Historical Newsreel of New Orleans

A Walk Through New Orleans Oldest Cemetery

Ghost Island by Ermolytskyy Alexander on 35PHOTO                                                        (Larger)

There are places in the world where the usual laws do not apply.
There trees grow on rocks and stones float on the surface of the water
and dissolve into the mists. You can close your eyes, lie down 
on a cloud and float across the sky, enjoying the pleasant coolness.

"Russia, Krasnoyarsk region, country park Ergaki, Lake Artists.”