Homes that have lost the fight against nature…

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Devil’s Lake, North Dakota
The lakes of North Dakota are littered with abandoned buildings in varying degrees of decay. This house used to sit back far from the water, but it’s now been enveloped by Devil’s Lake, which has risen more than 29 feet since 1992.

They have been stranded by the rising levels of the lakes, which have increased for 20 consecutive years due to annual deluges of rain.

The alternating combination of liquid and frozen water means that the lake is always consuming and spitting out the buildings in its wake. The water rots the foundations, while the shifting ice crushes them.

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© Courtesy Emma McEvoy Photography

Kolmanskop, Namibia
Australian photographer Emma McEvoy captured this sand-ravaged house while traveling around the Namiba Desert in Southern Africa last year.

The house is situated in Kolmanskop, a mining town that flourished in the early 20th century but was ultimately abandoned in 1954 and consumed by sand dunes.

It’s now waist-deep in sand. Kolmanskop is within a restricted area, but tourists can obtain a permit to explore the eerie ghost town.

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Pacifica, California, USA
Living life on the edge, the unlucky residents of the ocean-facing homes on Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica, California got the shock of their lives in January 2016.

Following a run of violent El Niño storms, the Pacifica coastline suffered severe erosion and several apartment blocks were left teetering and on the verge of collapsing into the ocean.

The city declared a state of emergency, all residents at risk were evacuated and many ended up losing their homes to the Pacific.

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© Baldeaglebluff / Flickr CC

Holland Island, Maryland, USA
The last house to survive on the rapidly-eroding Holland Island in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, this ramshackle home was built in 1888.

A bustling community of fishermen and their families lived on the island in the late 19th and early 20th centuries but the last family left in 1918 when a tropical storm all but destroyed the local church.

One by one, the Atlantic claimed the abandoned homes, but the ‘last house’ stayed standing until October 2010, when a fierce storm finished it off for good.

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Sudlersville, Maryland, USA
As creepy abandoned houses go, this one takes some beating. Located in Sudlersville on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the building has been empty for decades.

A mass of vines and ivy has enveloped the historic house, which sits on the main road into the town.

Why it is still standing is a mystery, but the house provides plenty of spooky photo ops for passing drivers.

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Gagra, Abkhazia/Georgia
One of the world’s most disputed territories, the partially-recognized Black Sea state of Abkhazia has been in turmoil since the breakup of the Soviet Union and many people have fled their homes.

As a result, the state is awash with abandoned, overgrown buildings, including this crumbling mansion in the town of Gagra.

The mansion is beyond repair and will soon be covered by greenery, if this picture is anything to go by.

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