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<p>The melted metal from a vehicle that burned during the Station Fire is pictured in the Tujunga area of Los Angeles, September 1, 2009. 



REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni </p>

The melted metal from a vehicle that burned during the Station Fire is pictured in the Tujunga area of Los Angeles, September 1, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The melted metal from a vehicle that burned during the Station Fire is pictured in the Tujunga area of Los Angeles, September 1, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>Gold miners form a human chain, passing pans of mud up a slope, then throwing the empty pans down again, while digging an open pit at the Chudja mine in the Kilomoto concession near the village of Kobu, from Bunia in north-eastern Congo, February 23, 2009. 


REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly</p>

Gold miners form a human chain, passing pans of mud up a slope, then throwing the empty pans down again, while digging an open pit at the Chudja mine in the Kilomoto concession near the village of Kobu, from Bunia in north-eastern Congo, February 23,...more

Gold miners form a human chain, passing pans of mud up a slope, then throwing the empty pans down again, while digging an open pit at the Chudja mine in the Kilomoto concession near the village of Kobu, from Bunia in north-eastern Congo, February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Girls play in a deserted boat on a dry lake caused by a lack of water upstream in Zhengzhou, Henan province, February 12, 2009. 


REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Girls play in a deserted boat on a dry lake caused by a lack of water upstream in Zhengzhou, Henan province, February 12, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Girls play in a deserted boat on a dry lake caused by a lack of water upstream in Zhengzhou, Henan province, February 12, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Fishermen row a boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui province, June 19, 2009. 



REUTERS/Jianan Yu</p>

Fishermen row a boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui province, June 19, 2009. REUTERS/Jianan Yu

Fishermen row a boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui province, June 19, 2009. REUTERS/Jianan Yu

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<p>A woman walks on the damaged TF326 road after a portion of it collapsed after storms, near the Palo Blanco village on Spain's Canary island of Tenerife, November 23, 2009.



REUTERS/Santiago Ferrero </p>

A woman walks on the damaged TF326 road after a portion of it collapsed after storms, near the Palo Blanco village on Spain's Canary island of Tenerife, November 23, 2009. REUTERS/Santiago Ferrero

A woman walks on the damaged TF326 road after a portion of it collapsed after storms, near the Palo Blanco village on Spain's Canary island of Tenerife, November 23, 2009. REUTERS/Santiago Ferrero

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<p>A view of burned trees in a peatland area of the Teluk Meranti village in Pelalawan, Indonesia's Riau province, November 11, 2009.



REUTERS/Beawiharta </p>

A view of burned trees in a peatland area of the Teluk Meranti village in Pelalawan, Indonesia's Riau province, November 11, 2009. REUTERS/Beawiharta

A view of burned trees in a peatland area of the Teluk Meranti village in Pelalawan, Indonesia's Riau province, November 11, 2009. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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<p>A palm tree grows in the Errachidia reservoir near the Ziz oasis, March 7, 2009. 



REUTERS/Rafael Marchante</p>

A palm tree grows in the Errachidia reservoir near the Ziz oasis, March 7, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A palm tree grows in the Errachidia reservoir near the Ziz oasis, March 7, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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<p>The body of a stranded pilot whale is seen on a beach in the coastal region of Bustamante Bay in the Argentine Patagonian province of Chubut, September 14, 2009. 



REUTERS/Maxi Jonas </p>

The body of a stranded pilot whale is seen on a beach in the coastal region of Bustamante Bay in the Argentine Patagonian province of Chubut, September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Maxi Jonas

The body of a stranded pilot whale is seen on a beach in the coastal region of Bustamante Bay in the Argentine Patagonian province of Chubut, September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Maxi Jonas

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<p>A television sits at the water's edge at the tsunami destroyed village of Saleapaga on Samoa's southern coast, October 2, 2009. 



REUTERS/Tim Wimborne </p>

A television sits at the water's edge at the tsunami destroyed village of Saleapaga on Samoa's southern coast, October 2, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A television sits at the water's edge at the tsunami destroyed village of Saleapaga on Samoa's southern coast, October 2, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>Pedestrians walk across Westminster Bridge as snow falls, in central London, February 2, 2009.  



REUTERS/ Eddie Keogh </p>

Pedestrians walk across Westminster Bridge as snow falls, in central London, February 2, 2009. REUTERS/ Eddie Keogh

Pedestrians walk across Westminster Bridge as snow falls, in central London, February 2, 2009. REUTERS/ Eddie Keogh

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<p>A woman peers out from a car window as she is driven past the earthquake-destroyed Ambacang Hotel in Padang, Indonesia's West Sumatra province, October 9, 2009. 



REUTERS/Dylan Martinez </p>

A woman peers out from a car window as she is driven past the earthquake-destroyed Ambacang Hotel in Padang, Indonesia's West Sumatra province, October 9, 2009. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

A woman peers out from a car window as she is driven past the earthquake-destroyed Ambacang Hotel in Padang, Indonesia's West Sumatra province, October 9, 2009. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

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<p>People sunbathe on a beach of Pinheiro da Cruz, August 8, 2009. 



REUTERS/Nacho Doce </p>

People sunbathe on a beach of Pinheiro da Cruz, August 8, 2009. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

People sunbathe on a beach of Pinheiro da Cruz, August 8, 2009. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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<p>A woman stands on her balcony situated next to chimney stacks in the city of Megalopolis, near Athens, May 15, 2009. 



REUTERS/John Kolesidis </p>

A woman stands on her balcony situated next to chimney stacks in the city of Megalopolis, near Athens, May 15, 2009. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A woman stands on her balcony situated next to chimney stacks in the city of Megalopolis, near Athens, May 15, 2009. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

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<p>Smoke is seen after an underwater volcano erupted in Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga, March 18, 2009. 



REUTERS/Matangi Tonga Online/Handout </p>

Smoke is seen after an underwater volcano erupted in Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga, March 18, 2009. REUTERS/Matangi Tonga Online/Handout

Smoke is seen after an underwater volcano erupted in Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga, March 18, 2009. REUTERS/Matangi Tonga Online/Handout

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<p>Cindy and Donald Eugene pray at the beach under heavy rain in Miami Beach, June 5, 2009. 



REUTERS/Carlos Barria </p>

Cindy and Donald Eugene pray at the beach under heavy rain in Miami Beach, June 5, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Cindy and Donald Eugene pray at the beach under heavy rain in Miami Beach, June 5, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A man takes a break from cleaning a house swamped by flash floods brought on by Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as Ondoy, in a middle class residential neighbourhood in Marikina city east of Manila, September 28, 2009. 



REUTERS/Erik de Castro </p>

A man takes a break from cleaning a house swamped by flash floods brought on by Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as Ondoy, in a middle class residential neighbourhood in Marikina city east of Manila, September 28, 2009. REUTERS/Erik de Castro more

A man takes a break from cleaning a house swamped by flash floods brought on by Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as Ondoy, in a middle class residential neighbourhood in Marikina city east of Manila, September 28, 2009. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

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<p>A heavy rainstorm hits a parking lot at a motorway connecting the Croatian capital with the Adriatic coast, near the village of Vukova Gorica, south of Zagreb on the night of May 24, 2009. Picture taken with wide angle lens on a slow shutter speed. 



REUTERS/Nikola Solic </p>

A heavy rainstorm hits a parking lot at a motorway connecting the Croatian capital with the Adriatic coast, near the village of Vukova Gorica, south of Zagreb on the night of May 24, 2009. Picture taken with wide angle lens on a slow shutter speed....more

A heavy rainstorm hits a parking lot at a motorway connecting the Croatian capital with the Adriatic coast, near the village of Vukova Gorica, south of Zagreb on the night of May 24, 2009. Picture taken with wide angle lens on a slow shutter speed. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

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<p>A time exposure shows the Lower Yubeng village, within the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northern Yunnan province, May 12, 2009. 



REUTERS/Tim Chong </p>

A time exposure shows the Lower Yubeng village, within the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northern Yunnan province, May 12, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Chong

A time exposure shows the Lower Yubeng village, within the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northern Yunnan province, May 12, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Chong

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<p>A worker tries to lift up a weak cow from among the carcasses of drought-stricken cows in a paddock at the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) factory near Athi River, east of the capital Nairobi, September 16, 2009. 



REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya </p>

A worker tries to lift up a weak cow from among the carcasses of drought-stricken cows in a paddock at the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) factory near Athi River, east of the capital Nairobi, September 16, 2009. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

A worker tries to lift up a weak cow from among the carcasses of drought-stricken cows in a paddock at the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) factory near Athi River, east of the capital Nairobi, September 16, 2009. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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<p>An iceberg floats near a harbour in the town of Kulusuk, east Greenland, August 1, 2009. 



REUTERS/Bob Strong </p>

An iceberg floats near a harbour in the town of Kulusuk, east Greenland, August 1, 2009. REUTERS/Bob Strong

An iceberg floats near a harbour in the town of Kulusuk, east Greenland, August 1, 2009. REUTERS/Bob Strong

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