16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Namib Ghost Town of Kolmanskop
In 1908 a railway employee found some interesting rocks nearby the town of Luderitz, in the German South Africa, at the sandy edge of Namib Desert: they were diamonds.
Soon, the mining town of Kolmanskop rose from the desert, fueled by the huge wealth of the first diamond miners, built in a pure German town style. At that time, here were extracted 11% of the world diamonds.
After the World War I, the diamond field started to decline, and so the fortune of the town: by 1950s, the last families abandoned Kolmanskop.
Now, the sands of the deserts reclaimed the town, and invaded the once lavish houses of the diamond miners, leaving an unreal landscape, truly magical. A monument on how temporary is our existence in comparison of the nature itself.
© Enrico Pescantini.
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||Sept. 30, 2018, 12:15 p.m.