A grassland paved over to build a boulevard, a forest felled to construct a McMansion, a river dammed up to power a factory—there's no denying that some of the most beautiful natural places are destroyed to provide for humans.
What used to be under the dirty cracked pavement you're walking on? What animals once lived there? What trees once towered there?
Click through this gallery to visit some once-majestic natural habitats.
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