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Chamarel Falls, Mauritius: The River du Cap drops by 95 metres (312 ft) along a vertical cliff.

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English : Chamarel Falls, Mauritius: The River du Cap drops by 95 metres (312 ft) along a vertical cliff.

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Newsreels (May 1946) in which Dutch the KLM opens a regular service between the Netherlands and America. The Douglas DC-4 Skymaster PH-TAR "Rotterdam" departs from Schiphol Airport for the first flight to New York.‎

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English : Newsreels (May 1946) in which Dutch the KLM opens a regular service between the Netherlands and America. The Douglas DC-4 Skymaster PH-TAR "Rotterdam" departs from Schiphol Airport for the first flight to New York.

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Crypt of Altenburg Abbey, Lower Austria

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Short exhibition of excercise with Poweriser, shoes for Powerbocking, Liberty Square, Brno, Czech Republic.‎

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English : Short exhibition of excercise with Poweriser, shoes for Powerbocking, Liberty Square, Brno, Czech Republic.

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Main chapel of the Cistercian Monastery of Santa María de Huerta. The monastery is located in the village of Santa María de Huerta, province of Soria, Castile and León, Spain. The first stone of the building was laid in the 12th century by king Alfonso VII of Castile and the building was expanded in the 16th century thanks to the help of the kings Charles I and Philip II.

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English : Main chapel of the Cistercian Monastery of Santa María de Huerta. The monastery is located in the village of Santa María de Huerta, province of Soria, Castile and León, Spain. The first stone of the building was laid in the 12th century by king Alfonso VII of Castile and the building was expanded in the 16th century thanks to the help of the kings Charles I and Philip II.

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Old diesel locomotive TEM2M-063 in Vinnitsa railway station, Ukraine.

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English : Old diesel locomotive TEM2M-063 in Vinnitsa railway station, Ukraine.

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The railway facility of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Diesel locomotives TEM2UM haul trains with space rockets «Soyuz» and «Proton» to launch pads.‎

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English : The railway facility of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Diesel locomotives TEM2UM haul trains with space rockets «Soyuz» and «Proton» to launch pads.

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FCAB railway crossing the Carcote salt flat, northern Chile. The train covers the route Antofagasta - Calama - Ollagüe - Uyuni - La Paz, from 0 metres above sea level in the coastal city of Antofagasta to over 4,500 metres (14,800 ft) and has a total length of 1,537 km (955 mi). The locomotives have engines EMD GR12 2402, Clyde GL26C-2 2010 and Clyde GL26C-2 2005 whereas the Carcote salt flat has a surface of 108 square kilometers (42 sq mi).

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English : FCAB railway crossing the Carcote salt flat, northern Chile. The train covers the route Antofagasta - Calama - Ollagüe - Uyuni - La Paz, from 0 metres above sea level in the coastal city of Antofagasta to over 4,500 metres (14,800 ft) and has a total length of 1,537 km (955 mi). The locomotives have engines EMD GR12 2402, Clyde GL26C-2 2010 and Clyde GL26C-2 2005 whereas the Carcote salt flat has a surface of 108 square kilometers (42 sq mi).

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A diesel locomotive 2TE116-691 hauling a freight train. Railway line Izmail - Artsyz, Odessa region, Ukraine.‎

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English : A diesel locomotive 2TE116-691 hauling a freight train. Railway line Izmail - Artsyz, Odessa region, Ukraine.

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Video from training of Navy SEALs - the combat diving phase, lasts seven weeks. During this phase, candidates become basic combat swimmers and learn open and closed-circuit diving.‎

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English : Video from training of Navy SEALs - the combat diving phase, lasts seven weeks. During this phase, candidates become basic combat swimmers and learn open and closed-circuit diving.

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Wooden crosses in the cemetery of the former salt mining Rica Aventura, María Elena, Tocopilla Province, Antofagasta Region, northern Chile.

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English : Wooden crosses in the cemetery of the former salt mining Rica Aventura, María Elena, Tocopilla Province, Antofagasta Region, northern Chile.

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Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) feeding his young, Nederland, 2013.‎

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English : Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) feeding his young, Nederland, 2013.

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The Capitol in Washington, D.C., marking election day. During this presidential election year, the President of the United States and Vice President will be elected. In addition, elections will be held for all 435 voting-member seats in the United States House of Representatives (as well as all 6 non-voting delegate seats) and 34 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate. Twelve state governorships, two territorial governorships, and numerous other state and local elections will also be contested.

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English : The Capitol in Washington, D.C., marking election day. During this presidential election year, the President of the United States and Vice President will be elected. In addition, elections will be held for all 435 voting-member seats in the United States House of Representatives (as well as all 6 non-voting delegate seats) and 34 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate. Twelve state governorships, two territorial governorships, and numerous other state and local elections will also be contested.

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Presentation of aircrafts Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350 on Paris Air Show 2013 .‎

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English : Presentation of aircrafts Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350 on Paris Air Show 2013 .

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Berlin Cathedral at night as seen from the west. On the right in the background the Fernsehturm (tv tower) can be seen.

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English : Berlin Cathedral at night as seen from the west. On the right in the background the Fernsehturm (tv tower) can be seen.

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The ceremony procession during Chinese New Year celebration in the Hainan province, China 2016.‎

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English : The ceremony procession during Chinese New Year celebration in the Hainan province, China 2016.

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The red deer (Cervus elaphus) is one of the largest deer species. The red deer inhabits most of Europe, the Caucasus Mountains region, Asia Minor, Iran, parts of western Asia, and central Asia. It also inhabits the Atlas Mountains region between Morocco and Tunisia in northwestern Africa, being the only species of deer to inhabit Africa. Red deer have been introduced to other areas, including Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina. In many parts of the world, the meat (venison) from red deer is used as a food source.

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English : The red deer (Cervus elaphus) is one of the largest deer species. The red deer inhabits most of Europe, the Caucasus Mountains region, Asia Minor, Iran, parts of western Asia, and central Asia. It also inhabits the Atlas Mountains region between Morocco and Tunisia in northwestern Africa, being the only species of deer to inhabit Africa. Red deer have been introduced to other areas, including Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina. In many parts of the world, the meat (venison) from red deer is used as a food source.

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Video taken by a quadcopter - observation tower on hill Weißer Stein, Eifel - low mountain range in western Germany and eastern Belgium.‎

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English : Video taken by a quadcopter - observation tower on hill Weißer Stein, Eifel - low mountain range in western Germany and eastern Belgium.

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Ceiling fresco of the Abbey's Staircase at Seitenstetten Abbey (Lower Austria) by Bartolomeo Altomonte († 11th November 1783): Triumph of St. Benedict (1744)

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English : Ceiling fresco of the Abbey's Staircase at Seitenstetten Abbey (Lower Austria) by Bartolomeo Altomonte († 11th November 1783): Triumph of St. Benedict (1744)

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The lower resolution version of movie Elephants Dream, the 2006 animated short film made using Blender - a free software application.‎

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English : The lower resolution version of movie Elephants Dream, the 2006 animated short film made using Blender - a free software application.

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Boardwalk in Meenikunno bog (Estonia).

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English : Boardwalk in Meenikunno bog (Estonia).

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Conductor Bruno Walter rehearses on 12th November 1946 a part of the Fourth Symphony by Gustav Mahler with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Concertgebouw (Concert Hall) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.‎

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English : Conductor Bruno Walter rehearses on 12th November 1946 a part of the Fourth Symphony by Gustav Mahler with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Concertgebouw (Concert Hall) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Trams and metro trains in Prague, Czech Republic. March 2012‎

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English : Trams and metro trains in Prague, Czech Republic. March 2012

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Panoramic view of Laguna Hedionda, Nor Lípez Province southwestern Bolivia. The lagoon lies at an altitude of 4,121 metres (13,520 ft) and occupies an area of 3 square kilometres (1.2 sq mi).

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English : Panoramic view of Laguna Hedionda, Nor Lípez Province southwestern Bolivia. The lagoon lies at an altitude of 4,121 metres (13,520 ft) and occupies an area of 3 square kilometres (1.2 sq mi).

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Time lapse video of the reaction ferry (Rathen Ferry) over Elbe river in Saxon village Rathen, Germany.‎

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English : Time lapse video of the reaction ferry (Rathen Ferry) over Elbe river in Saxon village Rathen, Germany.

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The Salvador Dalí Desert is located in the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, Potosí Department, southwestern Bolivia. The place is called like this because similar landscapes have been painted by Salvador Dalí, although he was never there or knew about it.

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English : The Salvador Dalí Desert is located in the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, Potosí Department, southwestern Bolivia. The place is called like this because similar landscapes have been painted by Salvador Dalí, although he was never there or knew about it.

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A male Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) shows his tail in the Sofia Zoo, Bulgaria.‎

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English : A male Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) shows his tail in the Sofia Zoo, Bulgaria.

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A violent storm drives the Panamanian cargo ship Noordwester "Faustus" on 6th November 1952 to the ground near town Hook of Holland , Netherlands. The rescue boat "Jan Lels" takes the crew on board. The ship had been pushed through the canal Nieuwe Waterweg and began to sink. The precise location of the ship wreak was unknown for a while and the traffic through Nieuwe Waterweg was obstructed. Later, a cameraman from Polygon, Peter Card, went with the rescue team so the rescue of the crew of the "Faustus" was filmed at close range.‎

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English : A violent storm drives the Panamanian cargo ship Noordwester "Faustus" on 6th November 1952 to the ground near town Hook of Holland , Netherlands. The rescue boat "Jan Lels" takes the crew on board. The ship had been pushed through the canal Nieuwe Waterweg and began to sink. The precise location of the ship wreak was unknown for a while and the traffic through Nieuwe Waterweg was obstructed. Later, a cameraman from Polygon, Peter Card, went with the rescue team so the rescue of the crew of the "Faustus" was filmed at close range.

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Round view of the interior of the Royal Gniezno Cathedral, located in the historical city of Gniezno, old capital of Poland (before Kraków and Warsaw) located in the Greater Poland Voivodeship. The cathedral served as the coronation place for several Polish monarchs and as the seat of Polish church officials continuously for nearly 1000 years. Throughout its long and tragic history, the building stayed mostly intact making it one of the oldest and most precious sacral monuments in Poland. The religious temple dates back to the end of the ninth century, when an oratory was built in the shape of a rectangular nave. At the end of the tenth century Duke Mieszko I of Poland built a new temple on a cruciform plan and remodeled the existing nave oratory. Prince Bolesław I the Brave, later the first king of Poland, rebuilt the temple according to the plan of a rectangle, elevating it later to the rank of a Cathedral.

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English : Round view of the interior of the Royal Gniezno Cathedral, located in the historical city of Gniezno, old capital of Poland (before Kraków and Warsaw) located in the Greater Poland Voivodeship. The cathedral served as the coronation place for several Polish monarchs and as the seat of Polish church officials continuously for nearly 1000 years. Throughout its long and tragic history, the building stayed mostly intact making it one of the oldest and most precious sacral monuments in Poland. The religious temple dates back to the end of the ninth century, when an oratory was built in the shape of a rectangular nave. At the end of the tenth century Duke Mieszko I of Poland built a new temple on a cruciform plan and remodeled the existing nave oratory. Prince Bolesław I the Brave, later the first king of Poland, rebuilt the temple according to the plan of a rectangle, elevating it later to the rank of a Cathedral.

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Audio recording of L'Idole ou le Sonnet du trou du cul, a poem of Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud, interpreted by Valéry Stasser and recorded by Thalie Envolée.‎

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English : Audio recording of L'Idole ou le Sonnet du trou du cul, a poem of Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud, interpreted by Valéry Stasser and recorded by Thalie Envolée.

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North Sea coastline at Nørre Vorupør, Denmark photographed on November 18, 2012

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A domestic red-white tabby cat licking its fur (washing itself) in the evening sun.‎

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English : A domestic red-white tabby cat licking its fur (washing itself) in the evening sun.

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View from Kosygina Street at Sparrow Hills in Moscow, Russia

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The jellyfish Chrysaora fuscescens (Pacific sea nettle) swimming in a tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California.‎

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English : The jellyfish Chrysaora fuscescens (Pacific sea nettle) swimming in a tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California.

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Bottom view of the crossing of the Roman Catholic cathedral of Seville, Seville, Spain. The temple is a World Heritage Site according to UNESCO since 1987, is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. When it was completed, at the beginning of the 16th century, it became the successor of Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral in the world, a title the Byzantine church had held for nearly a thousand years. The cathedral is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus.

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English : Bottom view of the crossing of the Roman Catholic cathedral of Seville, Seville, Spain. The temple is a World Heritage Site according to UNESCO since 1987, is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. When it was completed, at the beginning of the 16th century, it became the successor of Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral in the world, a title the Byzantine church had held for nearly a thousand years. The cathedral is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus.

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Street musician in Purim Morning on Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv, Israel.‎

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English : Street musician in Purim Morning on Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Peder Severin Krøyer's From Copenhagen Stock Exchange from 1895. Measuring 254 × 409 centimeters, it is the largest painting he made. The painting is in Børsen in Copenhagen.

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English : Peder Severin Krøyer's From Copenhagen Stock Exchange from 1895. Measuring 254 × 409 centimeters, it is the largest painting he made. The painting is in Børsen in Copenhagen.

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Aircraft Lockheed Martin X-35 demonstration video - in flight, vertical hover and landing, maneuvers, in-flight refueling.‎

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English : Aircraft Lockheed Martin X-35 demonstration video - in flight, vertical hover and landing, maneuvers, in-flight refueling.

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Skull of Crocodylidae (crocodile) prepared using the bone maceration technique and on display at the Museum of Veterinary Anatomy FMVZ USP

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English : Skull of Crocodylidae (crocodile) prepared using the bone maceration technique and on display at the Museum of Veterinary Anatomy FMVZ USP

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Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) swallowing the head of a big Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.), Kruger National Park, South African Republic.‎

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English : Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) swallowing the head of a big Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.), Kruger National Park, South African Republic.

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Wasserschloss at night, Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany

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3D visualization of the Galves-Löcherbach model for 4000 neurons (4 layers with one population of inhibitory neurons and one population of excitatory neurons each) at 180 intervals of time.‎

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English : 3D visualization of the Galves-Löcherbach model for 4000 neurons (4 layers with one population of inhibitory neurons and one population of excitatory neurons each) at 180 intervals of time.

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English : Short video of fumarole on White Island, New Zealand.

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Topiary (practice of clipping the foliage and twigs of trees and shrub to develop and maintain defined shapes) gardener (or artist?) working a cypress in the cemetery of Tulcán, located in the city of Tulcán, capital of the Carchi Province, north of Ecuador. The cemetery, of a surface of 8 hectares (20 acres), was founded in 1932 to replace the former one that was damaged in the 1923 earthquake. José María Azael Franco Guerrero was back in 1936 in charge of the city parks and started topiary works in the Tulcán cemetery. In the meanwhile the cemetery park has become internationally popular in the art of topiary and was renamed in 2007 to cemetery Azael Franco to honour his work.

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English : Topiary (practice of clipping the foliage and twigs of trees and shrub to develop and maintain defined shapes) gardener (or artist?) working a cypress in the cemetery of Tulcán, located in the city of Tulcán, capital of the Carchi Province, north of Ecuador. The cemetery, of a surface of 8 hectares (20 acres), was founded in 1932 to replace the former one that was damaged in the 1923 earthquake. José María Azael Franco Guerrero was back in 1936 in charge of the city parks and started topiary works in the Tulcán cemetery. In the meanwhile the cemetery park has become internationally popular in the art of topiary and was renamed in 2007 to cemetery Azael Franco to honour his work.

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Pet rabbit in a common city apartment.‎

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View of a row of corners of the walls of Saksaywaman, a citadel on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco, historic capital of the Inca Empire, today Peru. The first sections of the citadel were first built by the Killke culture about 1100 and expanded by the Inca from the 13th century. The dry stone walls are composed of huge stones, which boulders are carefully cut by workers to fit them together extremely tightly without mortar.

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English : View of a row of corners of the walls of Saksaywaman, a citadel on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco, historic capital of the Inca Empire, today Peru. The first sections of the citadel were first built by the Killke culture about 1100 and expanded by the Inca from the 13th century. The dry stone walls are composed of huge stones, which boulders are carefully cut by workers to fit them together extremely tightly without mortar.

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Chile Travel: Easter Island - Promotional video created by the National Secretary of Tourism of Chile.‎

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English : Chile Travel: Easter Island - Promotional video created by the National Secretary of Tourism of Chile.

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View of the Carribbean Sea and the Dutch island of Sint Eustatius from UNESCO World Heritage site Brimstone Hill Fortress on St. Kitts.

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English : View of the Carribbean Sea and the Dutch island of Sint Eustatius from UNESCO World Heritage site Brimstone Hill Fortress on St. Kitts.

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Infographic animation of the largest stars ever discovered (until 2015) compared to Earth and the Sun.‎

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English : Infographic animation of the largest stars ever discovered (until 2015) compared to Earth and the Sun.

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Ceriagrion cerinorubellum pair with male transferring sperm from the primary to the secondary sex organs.

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English : Ceriagrion cerinorubellum pair with male transferring sperm from the primary to the secondary sex organs.

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Ant carrying wing of large brown cicada (Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata) in Kitanomaru Park, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan on 30 July 2016.‎

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English : Ant carrying wing of large brown cicada (Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata) in Kitanomaru Park, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan on 30 July 2016.

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Am Hart is an U-Bahn station in Munich on the U2.

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Singing group of Slovenian people in Prague Metro train during Taizé meeting 2014 in Prague Christmas carrol: Božji Nam Je Rojen Sin (God's son is born).‎

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English : Singing group of Slovenian people in Prague Metro train during Taizé meeting 2014 in Prague Christmas carrol: Božji Nam Je Rojen Sin (God's son is born).

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Colourful shop oasis at the Laguna Hedionda, Nor Lípez Province southwestern Bolivia.

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English : Colourful shop oasis at the Laguna Hedionda, Nor Lípez Province southwestern Bolivia.

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Timelapse video of sunrise.‎

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English : Timelapse video of sunrise.