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Towns that have been moved around the world

Published 1029 GMT (1829 HKT) November 14, 2017
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Located 80 miles from New Orleans, this isle has been sinking slowly. Since 1955, it has lost 98% of its land mass to rising sea levels, hurricanes, and the construction of oil and gas canals along the marsh. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $48 million to the state of Louisiana in 2016 to relocate the community to higher ground off the island. Julie Dermansky/Corbis News/Getty Images
Due to expansions of a nearby iron mine, Hibbing moved just under 200 buildings two miles to the town of Alice, between 1919 and 1921. STEPHEN MATUREN/AFP/Getty Images
Over 1,000 people had to be moved along with the town's amenities and buildings in Tallangatta in 1956, thanks to the expansion of Lake Hume. The remains of a bridge is pictured. Auscape/Universal Images Group Editorial/Getty Images
The Morococha mining town, located 141 kilometers east of Lima, was home to 10,000 families. It relocated six miles between 2012 and 2013. The new town was built by Chinese company Chinalco, which owned the mine. EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images
About 1.3 million people were relocated during the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. Opened in 2003 and located by the Yangtze River, it is hailed as one of China's greatest engineering feats. STR/AFP/Getty Images