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Cities get creative as cemeteries become overcrowded
The reality of relying on finite land resources to cope with the endless stream of the dying has brought about creative solutions.
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In this Oct. 15, 2014 photo, a woman carries flowers through the Nueva Esperanza cemetery in the Villa Maria shantytown in Lima, Peru. The reality of relying on finite land resources to cope with the endless stream of the dying has brought about creative solutions. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

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FILE- In this Aug. 13, 2014, file photo, children pray for their ancestors after sweeping their family tombstones at a cemetery in Haiki, Nagasaki Prefecture, southern Japan as they celebrate the Bon Festival. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

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In this Oct. 14, 2014, photo, a woman walks by the Milluni cemetery at the base of the Huayna Potosi Mountain on the outskirts of El Alto, Bolivia. The cemetery was built in 1965 to bury dozens of miners who were killed, allegedly by soldiers, during the military dictatorship of President Rene Barrientos. Today, the cemetery is used to bury the family members of those miners. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

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In this Oct. 13, 2014 photo, two people walk past Washington Cemetery in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The predominantly Jewish cemetery dates back to the late 1800's and is almost filled to capacity. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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In this Oct. 14, 2014 photo, graves decorated with flowers and signposts stand tightly packed together at the nearly-full San Isidro cemetery in northern Mexico City. With cemeteries rapidly reaching capacity in one of the world's biggest cities, families are forced to exhume and remove their relative's remains after a period of several years. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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In this Oct. 13, 2014 photo, an employee at the Necropole Ecumenica Memorial cleans the surface of crypts in Santos, Brazil. When completed, the five building memorial known as a vertical cemetery will hold 180,000 bodies. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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In this Sept. 17, 2014 photo, relatives watch as the body of a mother and sister is exhumed to free up space for a new burial, at a nearly-full San Isidro cemetery in northern Mexico City. The woman's body was to be reburied in her husband's grave in a different area. With cemeteries rapidly reaching capacity in one of the world's biggest cities, families are forced to exhume and remove their relative's remains after a period of several years. Remains unclaimed by relatives may be reburied as unmarked loose bones beneath the fresh grave, or piled with others on exposed altars. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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This Oct. 10, 2014, photo shows a general view of cemeteries located in the City of the Dead, a slum where half a million people live among tombs, in Cairo. The reality of relying on finite land resources to cope with the endless stream of the dying has brought about creative solutions. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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This Oct. 6, 2014, photo shows a new vertical part of the Yarkon cemetery outside of the city of Petah Tikva, Israel. With real estate at a premium, Israel is at the forefront of a global movement building vertical cemeteries in densely populated countries. The reality of relying on finite land resources to cope with the endless stream of the dying has brought about creative solutions. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

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In this Oct. 9, 2014 photo, people use cable cars to commute over buildings containing crypts at a cemetery, in La Paz, Bolivia. Cemetery overcrowding is an issue that resonates around the world, particularly in its most cramped cities and among religions that forbid or discourage cremation. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)

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FILE- In this Sept. 9, 2013 file photo, grave digger Juan Luis Cabrera takes a break from his work at the "Nueva Esperanza" cemetery in Lima, Peru. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

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This Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 photo shows a new vertical part of the Yarkon cemetery outside of the city of Petah Tikva, Israel. Cemetery overcrowding is an issue that resonates the world over, particularly in its most cramped cities and among religions that forbid or discourage cremation. After some initial hesitations, and rabbinical rulings that made the practice kosher, Israel's ultra-Orthodox burial societies have embraced the concept as the most effective Jewish practice in an era when most of the cemeteries in major population centers are packed full. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

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This Oct. 14, 2014, photo shows hundreds of graves at the overcrowded Bashoura cemetery for Muslim Sunnis in Beirut, Lebanon. The congested city of more than one million is cramped with cemeteries wedged into residential areas, increasingly forcing families to bury several members of the same family in one grave. Available land plots are extremely scarce and what is left is being used by developers to build luxury office towers and apartments. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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FILE- In this April 4, 2012, file photo, an elderly man bends over a tomb at a Chinese cemetery during Qingming Festival in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

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In this Oct. 15, 2014 aerial photo, cars drive past cemeteries in New Orleans. Due to the high water table of New Orleans, which is just below sea level, water fills a grave as soon as it is dug. Historically, most graves in New Orleans are above ground if they are not concrete reinforced, lest the bodies are pushed to the surface by the water. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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In this Oct. 14, 2014 photo, gravediggers remove unmarked loose bones from the bottom of a grave as they prepare it for a fresh burial, after removing more recent remains from a coffin for delivery to the family in Mexico City. With cemeteries rapidly reaching capacity in one of the world's biggest cities, families are forced to exhume and remove their relative's remains after a period of several years. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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In this Oct. 13, 2014 photo, buses drive on a motorway over the Montmartre cemetery in Paris. Cemetery overcrowding is an issue that resonates around the world, particularly in its most cramped cities and among religions that forbid or discourage cremation. The reality of relying on finite land resources to cope with the endless stream of the dying has brought about creative solutions. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

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In this Oct. 13, 2014 photo, the Necropole Ecumenica Memorial stands tall in Santos, Brazil. When completed, the five building memorial known as a vertical cemetery will hold 180,000 bodies. The reality of relying on finite land resources to cope with the endless stream of the dying has brought about creative solutions. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Cities get creative as cemeteries become overcrowded

The reality of relying on finite land resources to cope with the endless stream of the dying has brought about creative solutions.

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