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2017 24 05 13:07 UTC
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Worker carrying a sack of salt on his shoulder in Salineras (salt evaporation ponds) in Maras, Peru. Salt has been harvested in Maras since the time of the Inca Empire. The site has around 3000 ponds of 5 square metres (54 sq ft) each. As the location is surrounded by salty mountains, subterranean water deposits the salty water in the ponds; the water evaporates due to the exposure to the sun. After approx. 1 month the level of salt reaches 10 centimetres (3.9 in) and is removed in sacks.

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English : Worker carrying a sack of salt on his shoulder in Salineras (salt evaporation ponds) in Maras, Peru. Salt has been harvested in Maras since the time of the Inca Empire. The site has around 3000 ponds of 5 square metres (54 sq ft) each. As the location is surrounded by salty mountains, subterranean water deposits the salty water in the ponds; the water evaporates due to the exposure to the sun. After approx. 1 month the level of salt reaches 10 centimetres (3.9 in) and is removed in sacks.

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The church of Santa María de África is a Roman Catholic church located in the city of Ceuta, a Spanish exclave on the north coast of Africa. The temple is dedicated to Santa María de África, the patron saint of the city. In 1421 Henry the Navigator sent to Ceuta an image of Our Lady of Africa that guided to the first temple built to honour her in the current location, but no remains have been found from the medieval age. The church is of Baroque style and the first evidence of its existence dates from 1676. The church undergoed a renovation during the first half of the 18th century resulting in its current appearance.

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English : The church of Santa María de África is a Roman Catholic church located in the city of Ceuta, a Spanish exclave on the north coast of Africa. The temple is dedicated to Santa María de África, the patron saint of the city. In 1421 Henry the Navigator sent to Ceuta an image of Our Lady of Africa that guided to the first temple built to honour her in the current location, but no remains have been found from the medieval age. The church is of Baroque style and the first evidence of its existence dates from 1676. The church undergoed a renovation during the first half of the 18th century resulting in its current appearance.

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The Si-o-seh pol, officially known as Allāhverdi Khan Bridge (in English “The bridge of thirty-three spans”) is a bridge located in Isfahan, Iran and one of the city landmarks. With 297.76 metres (976.9 ft) it is the longest bridge over the Zayandeh River. The bridge was constructed between 1599-1602 and ranks as one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design. Due to high temperatures in the region during summer the Zayandeh river is dried out until winter.

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English : The Si-o-seh pol, officially known as Allāhverdi Khan Bridge (in English “The bridge of thirty-three spans”) is a bridge located in Isfahan, Iran and one of the city landmarks. With 297.76 metres (976.9 ft) it is the longest bridge over the Zayandeh River. The bridge was constructed between 1599-1602 and ranks as one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design. Due to high temperatures in the region during summer the Zayandeh river is dried out until winter.

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Blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans), female form infuscans-obsoleta, Oxfordshire.

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English : Blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans), female form infuscans-obsoleta, Oxfordshire.

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The 15th-century gatehouse and manor house at Brockhampton Estate

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English : The 15th-century gatehouse and manor house at Brockhampton Estate

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Cliffs of Peilstein mountain in the Vienna Woods, Lower Austria

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English : Cliffs of Peilstein mountain in the Vienna Woods, Lower Austria

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Vanessa indica, Indian Red Admiral, is a butterfly found in the higher altitude regions of India.

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English : Vanessa indica, Indian Red Admiral, is a butterfly found in the higher altitude regions of India.

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In summer, some polar bears do not make the transition from their winter residence on the Svalbard islands to the dense drift ice and pack ice of the high arctic where they would find a plethora of prey. This is due to global climate change which causes the ice around the islands to melt much earlier than previously. The bears need to adapt from their proper food to a diet of detritus, small animals, bird eggs and carcasses of marine animals. Very often they suffer starvation and are doomed to die.

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English : In summer, some polar bears do not make the transition from their winter residence on the Svalbard islands to the dense drift ice and pack ice of the high arctic where they would find a plethora of prey. This is due to global climate change which causes the ice around the islands to melt much earlier than previously. The bears need to adapt from their proper food to a diet of detritus, small animals, bird eggs and carcasses of marine animals. Very often they suffer starvation and are doomed to die.

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Italian bee on the white sweet clover. Pollen basket contains yellow pollen. Keila, Northwestern Estonia.

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English : Italian bee on the white sweet clover. Pollen basket contains yellow pollen. Keila, Northwestern Estonia.

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View of the south balcony heading to the Mediterranean Sea of the Monte Carlo casino in Monaco. The building hosts a casino, the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo and the office of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. The construction followed the plans of Parisian architect Gobineau de la Bretonnerie and took 7 years to complete until it was inagurated in 1853. The casino is owned and operated by a public company, controlled by the government and ruling family, that also owns the principal hotels, sports clubs and restaurants, but does not allow the entrance to Monaco citizens.

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English : View of the south balcony heading to the Mediterranean Sea of the Monte Carlo casino in Monaco. The building hosts a casino, the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo and the office of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. The construction followed the plans of Parisian architect Gobineau de la Bretonnerie and took 7 years to complete until it was inagurated in 1853. The casino is owned and operated by a public company, controlled by the government and ruling family, that also owns the principal hotels, sports clubs and restaurants, but does not allow the entrance to Monaco citizens.

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Crimean War: Florence Nightingale with her lamp at a patient's bedside. Coloured lithograph after Henrietta Rae.

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English : Crimean War: Florence Nightingale with her lamp at a patient's bedside. Coloured lithograph after Henrietta Rae.

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Beach “Oststrand” on Norderney, Lower Saxony, Germany

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English : Beach “Oststrand” on Norderney, Lower Saxony, Germany

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Abstract view from Børsen, Copenhagen.

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English : Abstract view from Børsen, Copenhagen.

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View of the rich ceiling of the Vank Cathedral in Isfahan, posibly the most impressive christian temple in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The construction of the Armenian Apostolic church, formaly known as Holy Savior Cathedral, began in 1606 and was finished between 1655 and 1664. The temple was dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of Armenian deportees that were resettled by Shah Abbas I during the Ottoman War of 1603-1618.

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English : View of the rich ceiling of the Vank Cathedral in Isfahan, posibly the most impressive christian temple in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The construction of the Armenian Apostolic church, formaly known as Holy Savior Cathedral, began in 1606 and was finished between 1655 and 1664. The temple was dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of Armenian deportees that were resettled by Shah Abbas I during the Ottoman War of 1603-1618.

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Natural tunnel composed of branches with a viewer at the back :), «Lucky», a mixed-breed dog of Cairn terrier and Maltese in Hartelholz Forest, northern Munich, Germany.

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English : Natural tunnel composed of branches with a viewer at the back :), «Lucky», a mixed-breed dog of Cairn terrier and Maltese in Hartelholz Forest, northern Munich, Germany.

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Panoramic view of the Siloli Desert, one of the driest in the world, Potosi Department, southwestern Bolivia. The wind erosion has caused over the centuries these bizarre rock formations.

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English : Panoramic view of the Siloli Desert, one of the driest in the world, Potosi Department, southwestern Bolivia. The wind erosion has caused over the centuries these bizarre rock formations.

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Satellite-based view of the Arctic. The record lowest minimum ever observed in the satellite record occurred on September 16, 2012, when sea ice plummeted to 3.41 million square kilometers (1.32 million square miles). This image shows the area two weeks earlier. The edges of the ice pack are reasonably visible, as are some fractured areas. But some details are obscured by clouds.

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English : Satellite-based view of the Arctic. The record lowest minimum ever observed in the satellite record occurred on September 16, 2012, when sea ice plummeted to 3.41 million square kilometers (1.32 million square miles). This image shows the area two weeks earlier. The edges of the ice pack are reasonably visible, as are some fractured areas. But some details are obscured by clouds.

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Panoramic view of Lake Como, a lake of glacial origin located in Lombardy, Italy. With 146 square kilometres (56 sq mi) it is the third largest in the country, and is over 400 metres (1,300 ft) deep, one of the deepest in Europe. The area is a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times.

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English : Panoramic view of Lake Como, a lake of glacial origin located in Lombardy, Italy. With 146 square kilometres (56 sq mi) it is the third largest in the country, and is over 400 metres (1,300 ft) deep, one of the deepest in Europe. The area is a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times.

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Landscape in the Aucanquilcha Hill with the Olca volcano, a 5,167 metres (16,952 ft) high stratovolcano, in the background, Antofagasta Region, Alto Loa National Reserve, northern Chile and just west of the border with Bolivia.

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English : Landscape in the Aucanquilcha Hill with the Olca volcano, a 5,167 metres (16,952 ft) high stratovolcano, in the background, Antofagasta Region, Alto Loa National Reserve, northern Chile and just west of the border with Bolivia.

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Flying over the Philippine Sea, an astronaut looked toward the horizon from the International Space Station and shot this photograph of three-dimensional clouds, the thin blue envelope of the atmosphere, and the blackness of space.The late afternoon sun brightens a broad swath of the sea surface on the right side of the image. In the distance towards the horizon, a region-wide layer of clouds mostly obscures islands in the northern Philippines (at image top right). Looking toward the sun to capture an image is a special technique used by astronauts to accentuate the three dimensions of landscapes and cloudscapes due to shadows cast by these features. Two large thunderclouds rise next to one another (at image lower right). These have long tails, also known as anvils from their shape, that stretch nearly 100 km to the south. Anvils form when thunderstorm clouds rise high into the atmosphere and reach a “capping layer,” often thousands of meters (tens of thousands of feet) above sea level. Capping layers stop the upward growth of a cloud, deflecting air currents horizontally to form anvils.

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English : Flying over the Philippine Sea, an astronaut looked toward the horizon from the International Space Station and shot this photograph of three-dimensional clouds, the thin blue envelope of the atmosphere, and the blackness of space.The late afternoon sun brightens a broad swath of the sea surface on the right side of the image. In the distance towards the horizon, a region-wide layer of clouds mostly obscures islands in the northern Philippines (at image top right). Looking toward the sun to capture an image is a special technique used by astronauts to accentuate the three dimensions of landscapes and cloudscapes due to shadows cast by these features. Two large thunderclouds rise next to one another (at image lower right). These have long tails, also known as anvils from their shape, that stretch nearly 100 km to the south. Anvils form when thunderstorm clouds rise high into the atmosphere and reach a “capping layer,” often thousands of meters (tens of thousands of feet) above sea level. Capping layers stop the upward growth of a cloud, deflecting air currents horizontally to form anvils.

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The church St. Marinus und Anian, Wilparting (Irschenberg), Bavaria, as seen from the north.

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English : The church St. Marinus und Anian, Wilparting (Irschenberg), Bavaria, as seen from the north.

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Interior of St. Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia

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English : Interior of St. Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Making salt by evaporation of sea water near Ninh Hòa town, Khánh Hòa Province Vietnam.

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English : Making salt by evaporation of sea water near Ninh Hòa town, Khánh Hòa Province Vietnam.

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Panoramic view from the Hagener Hütte at the mountain pass Niederer Tauern near Mallnitz (Carinthia) towards Naßfeld Valley, High Tauern National Park, federal state of Salzburg

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English : Panoramic view from the Hagener Hütte at the mountain pass Niederer Tauern near Mallnitz (Carinthia) towards Naßfeld Valley, High Tauern National Park, federal state of Salzburg

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The Berca Mud Volcanoes are a geological and botanical reservation located close to Berca in Buzău County, Romania. The phenomenon is caused due to gases that erupt from 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) deep towards the surface, through the underground layers of clay and water, they push up underground salty water and mud, so that they overflow through the mouths of the volcanoes, while the gas emerges as bubbles. When the mud arrives at the surface, it dries off, changing the landscape in ways like you can see here.

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English : The Berca Mud Volcanoes are a geological and botanical reservation located close to Berca in Buzău County, Romania. The phenomenon is caused due to gases that erupt from 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) deep towards the surface, through the underground layers of clay and water, they push up underground salty water and mud, so that they overflow through the mouths of the volcanoes, while the gas emerges as bubbles. When the mud arrives at the surface, it dries off, changing the landscape in ways like you can see here.

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