The World's 7 Most Remote Destinations
Now abandoned, these places were once home to humans
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2009 12:46 PM CDT
View of the snow-covered barbed wire fence and guard tower at a disused Stalinist convict camp, Siberia, Russia, 1989.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Forget the Seven Wonders of the World. WebUrbanist takes a look at seven places that make you wonder why people ever settled there:

  • St. Kilda, Scotland: Although this archipelago is known for 16-foot waves and wind speeds up to 130mph, humans called it home for 2,000 years—until 1930, when crop failure and land pollution drove inhabitants back to the mainland.

  • Ballarat, California: A quick, dirty drive from Death Valley, this ghost town once attracted hundreds of gold miners. Now Ballarat is home to two permanent residents.
  • Northern Siberia: Unlike the previous wonders, this one won’t inspire much nostalgia. It housed the Soviet Union’s infamous Gulag detention camps, where 1 million people died of hunger, subarctic temperatures, and inhumane labor.
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