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10 places ruined by man-made catastrophes

By: Bryan Nelson on Jan. 23, 2012, 9:04 a.m.
Abandoned fishing boat

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Great Harbour Deep, Newfoundland

Great Harbour Deep was once a remote but thriving fishing village along the coast of Canada's Newfoundland. Harking back to a time when the area was one of the world's top cod fisheries, the bounty seemed endless and impossible to deplete. After decades of overfishing, though, the fishery collapsed, residents departed and the township was disbanded. Today its decaying fishing boats tilt haggardly, and the raggedy old buildings recall a time when our oceans were healthy and the fish were plentiful.