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Chimneys on the Yangtze River, Shanghai


By almost any measure, China has become the workshop of the world over the past several decades.  In heavy industries like steel, coal, and other types of metallurgy, its national production is multiples of the highest levels ever achieved by western countries.  In this video, Mattcoq gives us a drone's eye view of some of China's many smokestacks on the Yangtze River near Shanghai, the country's largest city, which lies on China's east (Pacific Ocean) coast.   

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Landschaftspark Duisburg: Germany's Industrial Heritage

Sebastian Ferguson

Contributor Sebastian Ferguson created this amazing drone video of Landschaftspark Duisburg, a park in western Germany which was designed to celebrate Germany's industrial heritage.  It's located near Duisberg, in the Ruhr valley.  This region has been the center of Germany's smokestack industries that enabled the country to overtake Great Britain as Europe's leading manufacturing center in the late 1800's. A steel plant and coal mine (now closed) are the centerpieces of the park.

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POWER Station - JPower

Aerial Vision Chicago

In the USA, one of the most consequential trends towards cleaner power has been the shift in electricity generation from coal-fired to gas-fired power.  Fueled by the country's plentiful natural gas supplies, gas-fired plants emit far less particulate, sulfur, and other contaminants compared to coal plants.  In this video, Aerial Vision Chicago gives us a nice drone's eye view of the JPower USA simple-cycle gas-fired power plant in suburban Chicago, IL, which has a rated capacity of 1,350MW.

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Rouge River Factory Tour


In this video, you'll get an aerial tour of the site of what was once the world's largest factory.  The Ford River Rouge plant in Dearborn, Michigan was made of 93 buildings which covered an incredible 16 million square feet.  It initially was a steel plant, then integrated forward into parts and finally to fully assembled vehicles beginning with the famed Model A in 1927.  It employed an incredible 100,000 workers at its peak.  The site closed in 2004 and was more or less demolished by 2008.

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Abandoned Sugar Mill, Aguada Puerto Rico

Pedro's airtime

For centuries, the economy of Puerto Rico was built on one commodity: sugar.  The sugar cane fields which ringed its coast fed some of the largest sugar mills in the world.  For a variety of reason, the industry went into decline begining in the 1930's, and production today is virtually non-existent. In this drone video by Pedro's Airtime, you'll get a bird's eye view of the now- abandoned Aguada mill, the first integrated mill on the island and for decades one of the world's largest.

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Zeche Zollverein: UNESCO World Heritage Site


FreakinTim created this amazing drone video of one of the most important sites of German industrial history.  The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex is near Essen, Germany, in the heart of the country's Rhineland region.  The plant shown in the video turned coal from the nearby coal mine to coke, a critical ingredient for making steel.  At one point, it was the largest coking operation in the world, and was a vital component of Germany's steelmaking industry.

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FPSO Sail away


In this drone video, you'll get a bird's eye view of the launching of a type of floating factory known as a Floating Production and Storage Offloading (FPSO) ship.  These massive ships work in offshore oil and gas production fields, processing and storing hydrocarbons before they are transported to consumers around the world.  Originally converted tankers, FPSO's are now dedicated built for purpose vessels.  This one is being launched in South Korea, en route to the offshore fields of Nigeria.  

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Power Plant Karolin / Poznań | 104 wyświetlenia


Poland is the second largest coal producer in Europe, after Russia.  The vast majority of the country's electric needs are supplied by coal (and lignite) fired power plants, including the world's largest lignite-fired power plant.  In this video, contributor Dronujemy provides us with an aerial tour of the Poznań Karolin Heat Power Station, which has a rated capacity of about 275 MW.  It's located near Poznan, in the western part of the country.

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A tribute to Minnesota's beer history


AirVuz's own Tylerjmason created this drone video of a beer factory in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The original factory was built in the 1850's (before Minnesota had even achieved statehood) and it became the Schmidt Brewing Company at the turn of the century.  In those days, the beer industry was highly regional, and states like Minnesota with large German populations inevitably became home to numerous regional brewers.  This factory ceased production in the early 2000's.

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Oregon's Blue Heron Paper Mill

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The USA's Pacific Northwest was once home to a huge forest products industry, with hundreds of saw and paper mills around the region.   With the rise of much tighter environmental restrictions, high labor costs, and tough competition from foreign producers, the industry in Washington and Oregon has been decimated.  In this video, contributor 60 Seconds gives us a bird's eye view of a paper mill in Blue Heron, OR which succumbed to the poor conditions and was abandoned several years ago.

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Old Disused Pit, Pleasley, Nottinghamshire

jez gascoyne

England's Midlands region played a key role in the Industrial Revolution which began in the late 18th century.  While the revolution is closely associated with the textile mills and mines of Northern England, the fact is that much of the equipment and industrial process knowledge evolved in places like Birmingham and Derby in the Midlands.  In this video, you'll get an aerial glimpse of England's industrial past in the form of an old factory in Nottinghamshire, courtesy of contributor jez gascoyne.

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Klamova Ironworks

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For centuries, the lands of the Czech Republic have been known for their metalworking industries.  Going back centuries, the Behemian and Moravian regions were home to some of the most arms manufacturing in Europe, and the Czech lands were amongst the first on the European continent to industrialize as the Industrial Revolution began to spread from Britain.  In this drone video from Mikin, you'll get an aerial look at the Klamova Ironworks, a well known 19th century ironworks near Brno.


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Industrial archeology

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