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2021 from above: Our top aerial photos of the year

Lava oozes from a new fissure near Fagradalsfjall, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland, April 9, 2021.    REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

Lava oozes from a new fissure near Fagradalsfjall, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland, April 9, 2021. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

Lava oozes from a new fissure near Fagradalsfjall, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland, April 9, 2021. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck
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Houses are seen on the edge of a cliff after it collapsed in the village of Nefyn, Wales, Britain, April 20, 2021.   REUTERS/Carl Recine

Houses are seen on the edge of a cliff after it collapsed in the village of Nefyn, Wales, Britain, April 20, 2021. REUTERS/Carl Recine

Houses are seen on the edge of a cliff after it collapsed in the village of Nefyn, Wales, Britain, April 20, 2021. REUTERS/Carl Recine
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A mass cremation of victims who died due to the coronavirus, is seen at a crematorium ground in New Delhi, India, April 22, 2021.   REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A mass cremation of victims who died due to the coronavirus, is seen at a crematorium ground in New Delhi, India, April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A mass cremation of victims who died due to the coronavirus, is seen at a crematorium ground in New Delhi, India, April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A lake in a shape of a heart is seen surrounded by autumn-colored trees outside Balashikha, Moscow region, Russia, October 4, 2021.   REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A lake in a shape of a heart is seen surrounded by autumn-colored trees outside Balashikha, Moscow region, Russia, October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A lake in a shape of a heart is seen surrounded by autumn-colored trees outside Balashikha, Moscow region, Russia, October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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An aerial view shows cattle on the banks of the Solimoes river, that flooded the rural municipality of Manacapuru, in Amazonas state, Brazil, June 24, 2021.   REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

An aerial view shows cattle on the banks of the Solimoes river, that flooded the rural municipality of Manacapuru, in Amazonas state, Brazil, June 24, 2021. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

An aerial view shows cattle on the banks of the Solimoes river, that flooded the rural municipality of Manacapuru, in Amazonas state, Brazil, June 24, 2021. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
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Some thousands of migrants take shelter as they await to be processed near the Del Rio International Bridge after crossing the Rio Grande river into the U.S. from Ciudad Acuna in Del Rio, Texas, September 18, 2021.     REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Some thousands of migrants take shelter as they await to be processed near the Del Rio International Bridge after crossing the Rio Grande river into the U.S. from Ciudad Acuna in Del Rio, Texas, September 18, 2021. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Some thousands of migrants take shelter as they await to be processed near the Del Rio International Bridge after crossing the Rio Grande river into the U.S. from Ciudad Acuna in Del Rio, Texas, September 18, 2021. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
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An aerial view shows a hockey rink after a match on the ice of Lake Baikal, organized to draw attention to the environmental problems of the lake, in the village of Bolshoye Goloustnoye in Irkutsk region, Russia, March 8, 2021.  REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

An aerial view shows a hockey rink after a match on the ice of Lake Baikal, organized to draw attention to the environmental problems of the lake, in the village of Bolshoye Goloustnoye in Irkutsk region, Russia, March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim...more

An aerial view shows a hockey rink after a match on the ice of Lake Baikal, organized to draw attention to the environmental problems of the lake, in the village of Bolshoye Goloustnoye in Irkutsk region, Russia, March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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A lone boat sits perched on a mound near Hensley Lake as soaring temperatures and drought continue to affect livestock and water supplies in Madera, California, July 14, 2021.    REUTERS/David Swanson

A lone boat sits perched on a mound near Hensley Lake as soaring temperatures and drought continue to affect livestock and water supplies in Madera, California, July 14, 2021.  REUTERS/David Swanson

A lone boat sits perched on a mound near Hensley Lake as soaring temperatures and drought continue to affect livestock and water supplies in Madera, California, July 14, 2021.  REUTERS/David Swanson
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Cars line up as people wait with motorcycles and plastic containers at a gas station amid a nationwide shortage of fuel, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 31, 2021.  REUTERS/Ralph Tedy Erol

Cars line up as people wait with motorcycles and plastic containers at a gas station amid a nationwide shortage of fuel, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 31, 2021. REUTERS/Ralph Tedy Erol

Cars line up as people wait with motorcycles and plastic containers at a gas station amid a nationwide shortage of fuel, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 31, 2021. REUTERS/Ralph Tedy Erol
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People pose for a photograph as they sit in deckchairs on the beach as rental deckchairs returned to the seafront after a 10 year absence in Blackpool, Britain, June 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Phil Noble

People pose for a photograph as they sit in deckchairs on the beach as rental deckchairs returned to the seafront after a 10 year absence in Blackpool, Britain, June 29, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble

People pose for a photograph as they sit in deckchairs on the beach as rental deckchairs returned to the seafront after a 10 year absence in Blackpool, Britain, June 29, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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An aerial view shows a herd of wild Asian elephants crossing the Yuanjiang River in Yunnan province, China, August 8, 2021.     China Daily via REUTERS

An aerial view shows a herd of wild Asian elephants crossing the Yuanjiang River in Yunnan province, China, August 8, 2021. China Daily via REUTERS

An aerial view shows a herd of wild Asian elephants crossing the Yuanjiang River in Yunnan province, China, August 8, 2021. China Daily via REUTERS
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An aerial picture shows land that used to be covered with Dead Sea water, near Jericho in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, November 1, 2021.   REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

An aerial picture shows land that used to be covered with Dead Sea water, near Jericho in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

An aerial picture shows land that used to be covered with Dead Sea water, near Jericho in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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Golden and rusty leaves color the autumn as a river barge navigates on the Canal du Nord, in Ruyaulcourt, France, November 3, 2021.    REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Golden and rusty leaves color the autumn as a river barge navigates on the Canal du Nord, in Ruyaulcourt, France, November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Golden and rusty leaves color the autumn as a river barge navigates on the Canal du Nord, in Ruyaulcourt, France, November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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A general view of the damage caused after a railway overpass and train collapsed onto a road in Mexico City, Mexico, May 4, 2021.  REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

A general view of the damage caused after a railway overpass and train collapsed onto a road in Mexico City, Mexico, May 4, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

A general view of the damage caused after a railway overpass and train collapsed onto a road in Mexico City, Mexico, May 4, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso
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Aerial view of an almost deserted beach and sea snot, a thick slimy layer of the organic matter also known as marine mucilage, spreading through the Sea of Marmara and posing a threat to marine life and the fishing industry, on the shores of Istanbul, Turkey June 12, 2021.      REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Aerial view of an almost deserted beach and sea snot, a thick slimy layer of the organic matter also known as marine mucilage, spreading through the Sea of Marmara and posing a threat to marine life and the fishing industry, on the shores of...more

Aerial view of an almost deserted beach and sea snot, a thick slimy layer of the organic matter also known as marine mucilage, spreading through the Sea of Marmara and posing a threat to marine life and the fishing industry, on the shores of Istanbul, Turkey June 12, 2021. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Melting water is seen on an iceberg at the Disko Bay close to Ilulissat, Greenland, September 14, 2021.  
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Melting water is seen on an iceberg at the Disko Bay close to Ilulissat, Greenland, September 14, 2021. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Melting water is seen on an iceberg at the Disko Bay close to Ilulissat, Greenland, September 14, 2021. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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An aerial view shows a deforested plot of Brazilian Amazon rainforest, in Apui, Amazonas state, Brazil, September 4, 2021.   REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

An aerial view shows a deforested plot of Brazilian Amazon rainforest, in Apui, Amazonas state, Brazil, September 4, 2021. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

An aerial view shows a deforested plot of Brazilian Amazon rainforest, in Apui, Amazonas state, Brazil, September 4, 2021. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
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A giant sand portrait is seen on Whitby Beach, Britain, March 15, 2021. The 60m wide drawing by artist Jamie Wardley shows a child carrying water on dry, cracked ground next to the rising tide, to highlight the impact climate change is having on people's access to water.       REUTERS/Lee Smith

A giant sand portrait is seen on Whitby Beach, Britain, March 15, 2021. The 60m wide drawing by artist Jamie Wardley shows a child carrying water on dry, cracked ground next to the rising tide, to highlight the impact climate change is having on...more

A giant sand portrait is seen on Whitby Beach, Britain, March 15, 2021. The 60m wide drawing by artist Jamie Wardley shows a child carrying water on dry, cracked ground next to the rising tide, to highlight the impact climate change is having on people's access to water. REUTERS/Lee Smith
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Camels rest and graze next to a field near the southern Israeli village of Nitzana, Israel, October 8, 2021.     REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Camels rest and graze next to a field near the southern Israeli village of Nitzana, Israel, October 8, 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Camels rest and graze next to a field near the southern Israeli village of Nitzana, Israel, October 8, 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
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An aerial view  of the golden and rust-colored leaves in the Gavre Forest in Le Gavre near Nantes, France, November 18, 2021.    REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

An aerial view  of the golden and rust-colored leaves in the Gavre Forest in Le Gavre near Nantes, France, November 18, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

An aerial view  of the golden and rust-colored leaves in the Gavre Forest in Le Gavre near Nantes, France, November 18, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Flags planted by protesters in tribute to those who have died of the coronavirus, a year after the Slovenian government called an official end to its coronavirus epidemic, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 1, 2021.   REUTERS/Borut Zivulovic

Flags planted by protesters in tribute to those who have died of the coronavirus, a year after the Slovenian government called an official end to its coronavirus epidemic, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 1, 2021. REUTERS/Borut Zivulovic

Flags planted by protesters in tribute to those who have died of the coronavirus, a year after the Slovenian government called an official end to its coronavirus epidemic, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 1, 2021. REUTERS/Borut Zivulovic
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A stop sign destroyed at a street corner in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida as the Category 4 storm devastated the town and barrier island of Grand Isle, Louisiana, September 2, 2021.    REUTERS/Adrees Latif

A stop sign destroyed at a street corner in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida as the Category 4 storm devastated the town and barrier island of Grand Isle, Louisiana, September 2, 2021.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif

A stop sign destroyed at a street corner in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida as the Category 4 storm devastated the town and barrier island of Grand Isle, Louisiana, September 2, 2021.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif
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A tractor pulls a sweeping machine to remove foliage from a lawn in a public park in Zurich, Switzerland, November 3, 2021.   REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

A tractor pulls a sweeping machine to remove foliage from a lawn in a public park in Zurich, Switzerland, November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

A tractor pulls a sweeping machine to remove foliage from a lawn in a public park in Zurich, Switzerland, November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
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Tuk-tuks that used to transport tourists around the city are seen idle due to travel bans and border closures from the global coronavirus outbreak in a parking lot in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, February 3, 2021.  
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Tuk-tuks that used to transport tourists around the city are seen idle due to travel bans and border closures from the global coronavirus outbreak in a parking lot in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Tuk-tuks that used to transport tourists around the city are seen idle due to travel bans and border closures from the global coronavirus outbreak in a parking lot in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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An aerial view shows a person walking near parasols on a beach of the Ionian Sea in Dhermi, Albania, June 20, 2021.    REUTERS/Florion Goga

An aerial view shows a person walking near parasols on a beach of the Ionian Sea in Dhermi, Albania, June 20, 2021. REUTERS/Florion Goga

An aerial view shows a person walking near parasols on a beach of the Ionian Sea in Dhermi, Albania, June 20, 2021. REUTERS/Florion Goga
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Cars drive on a road that leads from the Israeli town of Mitzpe Ramon into the Ramon crater in the Negev desert, southern Israel, October 22, 2021.     REUTERS/ Ilan Rosenberg

Cars drive on a road that leads from the Israeli town of Mitzpe Ramon into the Ramon crater in the Negev desert, southern Israel, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/ Ilan Rosenberg

Cars drive on a road that leads from the Israeli town of Mitzpe Ramon into the Ramon crater in the Negev desert, southern Israel, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/ Ilan Rosenberg
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Flooding resulting from a severe weather event with prolonged rains is seen at the Hawkesbury River northwest of Sydney in Wisemans Ferry, Australia, March 25, 2021.   REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Flooding resulting from a severe weather event with prolonged rains is seen at the Hawkesbury River northwest of Sydney in Wisemans Ferry, Australia, March 25, 2021.  REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Flooding resulting from a severe weather event with prolonged rains is seen at the Hawkesbury River northwest of Sydney in Wisemans Ferry, Australia, March 25, 2021.  REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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An aerial view shows hoverboats on the ice of lake Baikal near the village of Bolshoye Goloustnoye in Irkutsk region, Russia, March 8, 2021.  
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An aerial view shows hoverboats on the ice of lake Baikal near the village of Bolshoye Goloustnoye in Irkutsk region, Russia, March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

An aerial view shows hoverboats on the ice of lake Baikal near the village of Bolshoye Goloustnoye in Irkutsk region, Russia, March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Giant sand art is seen on Blackpool beach following the easing of coronavirus restrictions in Blackpool, Britain, May 17, 2021.   REUTERS/Molly Darlington

Giant sand art is seen on Blackpool beach following the easing of coronavirus restrictions in Blackpool, Britain, May 17, 2021. REUTERS/Molly Darlington

Giant sand art is seen on Blackpool beach following the easing of coronavirus restrictions in Blackpool, Britain, May 17, 2021. REUTERS/Molly Darlington
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Migrants seeking refuge in United States cross the Rio Grande river back into Acuna, Mexico as others return to the U.S. carrying food supplies as seen from Del Rio, Texas, September 19, 2021.   REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Migrants seeking refuge in United States cross the Rio Grande river back into Acuna, Mexico as others return to the U.S. carrying food supplies as seen from Del Rio, Texas, September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Migrants seeking refuge in United States cross the Rio Grande river back into Acuna, Mexico as others return to the U.S. carrying food supplies as seen from Del Rio, Texas, September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
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