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2017 20 07 17:07 UTC
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Cruise ship Celebrity Summit towed by the tugboat Vanna C leaving Venice. In the background the basilica Santa Maria della Salute.  
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Goðafoss (waterfall of the gods or waterfall of the goði) is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. It is located in the Bárðardalur district of North-Central Iceland. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters.

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English : Goðafoss (waterfall of the gods or waterfall of the goði) is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. It is located in the Bárðardalur district of North-Central Iceland. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters.

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St Gregory church of the Tatev monastery during sunset, Syunik Province in southeastern Armenia. The Armenian Apostolic monastery, built in the 9th century, hosted in the 14th and 15th centuries one of the most important Armenian medieval universities, the University of Tatev, which contributed to the advancement of science, religion and philosophy, reproduction of books and development of miniature painting.

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English : St Gregory church of the Tatev monastery during sunset, Syunik Province in southeastern Armenia. The Armenian Apostolic monastery, built in the 9th century, hosted in the 14th and 15th centuries one of the most important Armenian medieval universities, the University of Tatev, which contributed to the advancement of science, religion and philosophy, reproduction of books and development of miniature painting.

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The rough chameleon (Trioceros rudis) is 10cm long and lives in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda; 2600m above sea level. Rwanda celebrates Liberation Day on 4 July.

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English : The rough chameleon (Trioceros rudis) is 10cm long and lives in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda; 2600m above sea level. Rwanda celebrates Liberation Day on 4 July.

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Hypogeum of the Amphitheatre of El Jem, an archeological site in the city of El Djem, Tunisia. This spot of the hypogeum is the place where the gladiators went up to the gate of the arena when the games started. The amphitheatre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, was built around 238 AD, when the modern Tunisia belonged to the Roman province of Africa. It is the third biggest amphiteatre and one of the best preserved Roman ruins in the world with capacity for 35,000 spectators within 148 metres (486 ft) and 122 metres (400 ft) long axes and unique in Africa.

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English : Hypogeum of the Amphitheatre of El Jem, an archeological site in the city of El Djem, Tunisia. This spot of the hypogeum is the place where the gladiators went up to the gate of the arena when the games started. The amphitheatre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, was built around 238 AD, when the modern Tunisia belonged to the Roman province of Africa. It is the third biggest amphiteatre and one of the best preserved Roman ruins in the world with capacity for 35,000 spectators within 148 metres (486 ft) and 122 metres (400 ft) long axes and unique in Africa.

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The Kobe Port Tower is one of the landmarks in the city of Kobe, Japan. The sightseeing tower was completed in 1963. The Kobe Maritime Museum is focusing on the history of Japanese shipping in general and Kobe harbor in particular.

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English : The Kobe Port Tower is one of the landmarks in the city of Kobe, Japan. The sightseeing tower was completed in 1963. The Kobe Maritime Museum is focusing on the history of Japanese shipping in general and Kobe harbor in particular.

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Saab JAS-39 Gripen of the Czech Air Force taking off from AFB in Čáslav.

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English : Saab JAS-39 Gripen of the Czech Air Force taking off from AFB in Čáslav.

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Old World swallowtail (Papilio machaon) near Mitterbach am Erlaufsee, Lower Austria

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English : Old World swallowtail (Papilio machaon) near Mitterbach am Erlaufsee, Lower Austria

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Typical landscape of the Atacama Desert, the most arid place in the world, precisely 50 kilometres (31 mi) northeast of Calama, Chile.

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English : Typical landscape of the Atacama Desert, the most arid place in the world, precisely 50 kilometres (31 mi) northeast of Calama, Chile.

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The Space Shuttle Atlantis begins the slow journey to Launch Pad 39A from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in preparation for the launch of STS-79 in 16 September 1996. This dramatic view looking directly down onto the shuttle stack atop the Mobile Launcher Platform (MLP) and crawler-transporter was taken from the VAB roof approximately 525 feet (160 meters) above the ground. In view are the Orbiter, orange External Tank and twin white Solid Rocket Boosters.

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English : The Space Shuttle Atlantis begins the slow journey to Launch Pad 39A from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in preparation for the launch of STS-79 in 16 September 1996. This dramatic view looking directly down onto the shuttle stack atop the Mobile Launcher Platform (MLP) and crawler-transporter was taken from the VAB roof approximately 525 feet (160 meters) above the ground. In view are the Orbiter, orange External Tank and twin white Solid Rocket Boosters.

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Sand lizard female (Lacerta agilis ssp. argus), Ukraine.

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English : Sand lizard female (Lacerta agilis ssp. argus), Ukraine.

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Hermitage of the Lady of Mencalilla embedded in a typical winter landscape in the center of Spain, more precisely near Almazul, a tiny village in the Province of Soria, Castile and León.

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English : Hermitage of the Lady of Mencalilla embedded in a typical winter landscape in the center of Spain, more precisely near Almazul, a tiny village in the Province of Soria, Castile and León.

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Großhadern is a Munich U-Bahn station on the U6, opened in 1993.

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English : Großhadern is a Munich U-Bahn station on the U6, opened in 1993.

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Bottom view of the iwan of the main entrance to the Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran. The mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the oldest still standing buildings in Iran and it has been continuously changed its architecture since it was erected in 771 until the 20th century.

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English : Bottom view of the iwan of the main entrance to the Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran. The mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the oldest still standing buildings in Iran and it has been continuously changed its architecture since it was erected in 771 until the 20th century.

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LCAC-55, a Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), maneuvers to enter the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3). Kearsarge and the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) are conducting Maritime Security Operations in the Persian Gulf. The Landing Craft Air Cushion, more commonly known as an LCAC, is assigned to Assault Craft Unit 4 from Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Norfolk, Va.

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English : LCAC-55, a Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), maneuvers to enter the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3). Kearsarge and the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) are conducting Maritime Security Operations in the Persian Gulf. The Landing Craft Air Cushion, more commonly known as an LCAC, is assigned to Assault Craft Unit 4 from Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Norfolk, Va.

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Tulum is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city serving as a major port for Cobá. The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico.

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English : Tulum is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city serving as a major port for Cobá. The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico.

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Cruise ship Celebrity Summit towed by the tugboat Vanna C leaving Venice. In the background the basilica Santa Maria della Salute.

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English : Cruise ship Celebrity Summit towed by the tugboat Vanna C leaving Venice. In the background the basilica Santa Maria della Salute.

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Skógafoss is a waterfall situated on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. After the coastline had receded seaward (it is now at a distance of about 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from Skógar), the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometres, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland.

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English : Skógafoss is a waterfall situated on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. After the coastline had receded seaward (it is now at a distance of about 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from Skógar), the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometres, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland.

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Summer Evening at Skagen beach (1899) by the Danish painter P.S. Krøyer, is a double portrait of the artist and his wife Marie. In the 1890s, P.S. Krøyer painted a number of evocative scenes of people walking along the shore. The painting was probably commissioned by Heinrich Hirschsprung and included in what later would come to be known as the Hirschsprung Collection.

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English : Summer Evening at Skagen beach (1899) by the Danish painter P.S. Krøyer, is a double portrait of the artist and his wife Marie. In the 1890s, P.S. Krøyer painted a number of evocative scenes of people walking along the shore. The painting was probably commissioned by Heinrich Hirschsprung and included in what later would come to be known as the Hirschsprung Collection.

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Oxyopes javanus is a spider in the family Oxyopidae, commonly known as Lynx spiders.

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English : Oxyopes javanus is a spider in the family Oxyopidae, commonly known as Lynx spiders.

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Vault ceiling of the entrance to the Ganjali Bathhouse, built in 1631 and part of a building complex, located in the old center of city of Kerman, Iran. The frescos are painted with ornaments of the Safavid era.

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English : Vault ceiling of the entrance to the Ganjali Bathhouse, built in 1631 and part of a building complex, located in the old center of city of Kerman, Iran. The frescos are painted with ornaments of the Safavid era.

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Rebar mesh of steel wires are used to reinforce concrete when constructing buildings and structures.

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English : Rebar mesh of steel wires are used to reinforce concrete when constructing buildings and structures.

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Speedway riders Joni Keskinen (Team Jokerit, Kauhajoki), Marko Suojanen (Team Paholaiset, Pori) and Jiri Nieminen (Team Jokerit) riding in a Speedway Extraliiga competition at the Yyteri speedway, Finland.

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English : Speedway riders Joni Keskinen (Team Jokerit, Kauhajoki), Marko Suojanen (Team Paholaiset, Pori) and Jiri Nieminen (Team Jokerit) riding in a Speedway Extraliiga competition at the Yyteri speedway, Finland.

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The Skaftafellsheiði plateau, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland, provides a picturesque view of Skaftafellsjökull, a glacier terminus of the Vatnajökull, the adjacent glacier lake below, and River Skeiðará originating from it.

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English : The Skaftafellsheiði plateau, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland, provides a picturesque view of Skaftafellsjökull, a glacier terminus of the Vatnajökull, the adjacent glacier lake below, and River Skeiðará originating from it.

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Composite image of the central region of our Milky Way galaxy.

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English : Composite image of the central region of our Milky Way galaxy.

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Golestan Palace is the former royal Qajar complex in Iran's capital city, Tehran. The UNESCO World Heritage Site belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran's arg ("citadel") and is one of the oldest of the historic monuments in the city.

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English : Golestan Palace is the former royal Qajar complex in Iran's capital city, Tehran. The UNESCO World Heritage Site belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran's arg ("citadel") and is one of the oldest of the historic monuments in the city.

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