Article from Mother Nature Network
The catastrophes range from a number of different causes. Some were directly influenced by man such as in Pripyat, Ukraine where an accident with a nuclear power plant reactor made radiation levels in the area too dangerous for people to inhabitant. There is another example of a small town in Centralia, Pennsylvania, which was evacuated due to the presence of deadly gases from excessive mining.
There are also places where human factors have indirectly made them inhabitable. The Carteret Islands is the first area that has been evacuated due to rising sea levels from global warming. Alternatively, the lack of water in the Aral Sea has made the area inhabitable due to poorly planned irrigation projects.
Do you think these areas are examples of man-made wilderness? Could certain areas of the Meadowlands make it on the list?