OF ALL THE MANY PLACES around the world that have been abandoned by their inhabitants and left to slump into obscurity and ruin, islands seem among the most unlikely. What’s not to love about an island? Yet there are dozens of islands scattered throughout the world’s oceans that have been deserted by their residents and left all but forgotten. Frozen in time with nothing but a story to tell, many of these ghost islands have taken on an eerie and enticing second life in their desertion and disrepair. Here are 12 abandoned islands in the World, each of which has a intriguing story behind its decline.