Once, the air was filled with noises – from the shoveling of coal and the hiss of steam, to the voices of teams of men going about their work. Today, there is only silence. Hulking metal machinery silently corrodes, and water, which once bubbled through boilers and cooling equipment, is left to pool on the floor or in underground chambers. These empty buildings were once mighty symbols of the industrialized world and, in many places, icons of their localities. Now abandoned and dilapidated, the power stations can merely wait to be remodeled or demolished.