This deserted African mining town is almost flooded by sand… and ghosts

Namibia’s ghost town of Kolmanskop, abandoned when diamond-mining operations ceased half a century ago, is slowly disappearing under mountains of sand that have failed to cover what some claim to be its main attraction: haunted spirits.

In the early 1900s, after the discovery of diamonds in the southern Namib desert, German miners flocked to the area, developing this unique town known as Kolmanskop.

Here you can see a few striking photos, which show just how dramatically the desert is moving into the town.

Hat Tip: Instagram Blog
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Images credits: Michiel Van Balen, via Flickr,  Damien du Toit, via Flickr,  coda, via Flickr, thefella, via Instagram, and  saruzzza, via Instagram.