This slide show from Salon and Trazzler shows some of the most scenic and beautiful wastelands in the world.
"The world is littered with places that have given up the ghost. Walking amid the aftermath, a traveler may feel a certain kind of fragile hope that stirs in these devastated places enveloped by nature. In fact, the word "apocalypse" didn't even have negative connotations until the 1800s -- it simply meant a revelation or uncovering. These 14 spots are begging us to cast off our cultural hubris and step into their lonely embrace. Could this happen to us? Is it happening now?"