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Public gardens (Volksgarten) in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, April 2014.‎

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English : Public gardens (Volksgarten) in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, April 2014.

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Tallinn bay during December storm from region Merivälja, Estonia.

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English : Tallinn bay during December storm from region Merivälja, Estonia.

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Great waves in inlet of Shark River before comming of Hurricane Earl, New Jersey, United States, 2010.‎

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English : Great waves in inlet of Shark River before comming of Hurricane Earl, New Jersey, United States, 2010.

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Köln Hauptbahnhof is a railway station in Cologne, Germany. The station is an important local, national and international hub, with many ICE, Thalys and Intercity trains calling there, as well as regional and local trains. It has frequent connections to Frankfurt by way of the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail line, which starts in southern Cologne. On an average day, about 280,000 travellers frequent the station, making it the fifth busiest station in Germany.

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English : Köln Hauptbahnhof is a railway station in Cologne, Germany. The station is an important local, national and international hub, with many ICE, Thalys and Intercity trains calling there, as well as regional and local trains. It has frequent connections to Frankfurt by way of the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail line, which starts in southern Cologne. On an average day, about 280,000 travellers frequent the station, making it the fifth busiest station in Germany.

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Tourist attraction - historic train ride with steam locomotive DRG Class 99.73–76, Germany, 2015.‎

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English : Tourist attraction - historic train ride with steam locomotive DRG Class 99.73–76, Germany, 2015.

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Vault with hanging keystones in St. Barbara's Chapel of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

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English : Vault with hanging keystones in St. Barbara's Chapel of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

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Neo-byzantine dome in Christian IX's Chapel in Roskilde Cathedral, Roskilde, Denmark. Built by architect Andreas Clemmensen, born on August 7, 1852, died December 5, 1928.

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English : Neo-byzantine dome in Christian IX's Chapel in Roskilde Cathedral, Roskilde, Denmark. Built by architect Andreas Clemmensen, born on August 7, 1852, died December 5, 1928.

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Sled dog ride with alaskan huskies near Ivalo, Finland, 2013.‎

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English : Sled dog ride with alaskan huskies near Ivalo, Finland, 2013.

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View of "the Amfitheater", a rock formation in Valle de la Luna (Spanish for "Moon Valley") during the golden hour, Atacama Desert, Chile. Valle de la Luna is a part of the Reserva Nacional los Flamencos and was declared a Nature Sanctuary in 1982 for its great natural beauty and strange lunar landscape, from which its name is derived.

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English : View of "the Amfitheater", a rock formation in Valle de la Luna (Spanish for "Moon Valley") during the golden hour, Atacama Desert, Chile. Valle de la Luna is a part of the Reserva Nacional los Flamencos and was declared a Nature Sanctuary in 1982 for its great natural beauty and strange lunar landscape, from which its name is derived.

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Production of the bamboo furniture in Bula, province Camarines Sur, Philippines, 2016.‎

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English : Production of the bamboo furniture in Bula, province Camarines Sur, Philippines, 2016.

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The beach of Reynisfjara and Reynisdrangar, basalt sea stacks, as seen from Dyrhólaey, Iceland.

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English : The beach of Reynisfjara and Reynisdrangar, basalt sea stacks, as seen from Dyrhólaey, Iceland.

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Air video from diferent places in Serra do Gandarela National Park, the largest forest park in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2016.‎

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English : Air video from diferent places in Serra do Gandarela National Park, the largest forest park in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2016.

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Monticello was the primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, who began designing and building Monticello at age 26 after inheriting land from his father. Located just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in the Piedmont region, the plantation was originally 5,000 acres (20 km2), with Jefferson using slaves for extensive cultivation of tobacco and mixed crops, later shifting from tobacco cultivation to wheat in response to changing markets.

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English : Monticello was the primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, who began designing and building Monticello at age 26 after inheriting land from his father. Located just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in the Piedmont region, the plantation was originally 5,000 acres (20 km2), with Jefferson using slaves for extensive cultivation of tobacco and mixed crops, later shifting from tobacco cultivation to wheat in response to changing markets.

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Ceremony of inauguration of Vladimir Putin as the president of Russia in the year 2000.‎

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English : Ceremony of inauguration of Vladimir Putin as the president of Russia in the year 2000.

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Scene of a car accident by the road near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. The wreck of the car has been left there and a memorial has been built right next to it.

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English : Scene of a car accident by the road near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. The wreck of the car has been left there and a memorial has been built right next to it.

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Crash of cyclist with parking gate, which failed to open automatically, Slovenia, 2012.‎

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English : Crash of cyclist with parking gate, which failed to open automatically, Slovenia, 2012.

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A Tree trunk spider (Hersilia sp.) capturing a cicada.

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Fly of genus Sarcophaga feeding on captured prey (Tipulidae - Crane fly) of a spider. Filmed at the place Wollenberg, Hesse, Germany, 2011.‎

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English : Fly of genus Sarcophaga feeding on captured prey (Tipulidae - Crane fly) of a spider. Filmed at the place Wollenberg, Hesse, Germany, 2011.

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River Skeiðará and Skeiðarársandur as seen from the Skaftafellsheiði plateau, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland.

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The large waterfall Gullfoss on Iceland, August 2013.‎

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English : The large waterfall Gullfoss on Iceland, August 2013.

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Interior view of Chuquicamata, a state-owned copper mine located 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above sea level just outside Calama, north of Chile. It is by excavated volume the largest open pit copper mine in the world. The huge hole was started in 1882 as a mine to extract gold and copper. It is 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) long, 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) wide and with a depth of 850 metres (2,790 ft) it is the second deepest open-pit mine in the world (after Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah, USA).

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English : Interior view of Chuquicamata, a state-owned copper mine located 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above sea level just outside Calama, north of Chile. It is by excavated volume the largest open pit copper mine in the world. The huge hole was started in 1882 as a mine to extract gold and copper. It is 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) long, 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) wide and with a depth of 850 metres (2,790 ft) it is the second deepest open-pit mine in the world (after Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah, USA).

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Works in large Garzweiler surface mine for lignite mining, Germany 2008.‎

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English : Works in large Garzweiler surface mine for lignite mining, Germany 2008.

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The Palace of Justice in Munich was constructed in 1890-1897 by the architect Friedrich von Thiersch in neo-baroque style at the west side of Stachus. The building of the Gründerzeit is dominated by a glass dome (67 meters). It houses the Bavarian Department of Justice and the District Court I of Munich.

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English : The Palace of Justice in Munich was constructed in 1890-1897 by the architect Friedrich von Thiersch in neo-baroque style at the west side of Stachus. The building of the Gründerzeit is dominated by a glass dome (67 meters). It houses the Bavarian Department of Justice and the District Court I of Munich.

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The launch of SpaceX CRS-8 on Falcon 9 rocket with 6913 pounds of cargo to International Space Station on April 8, 2016.‎

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English : The launch of SpaceX CRS-8 on Falcon 9 rocket with 6913 pounds of cargo to International Space Station on April 8, 2016.

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Near-elegant Frog Shell Bufonaria perelegans. Shell length 83 mm.

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Sea gastropod mollusc spotted sea hare (Aplysia dactylomela) in a remaining pond on the rocky coast at low tide on Municipality of Pájara, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.‎

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English : Sea gastropod mollusc spotted sea hare (Aplysia dactylomela) in a remaining pond on the rocky coast at low tide on Municipality of Pájara, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

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Warwick Castle from the bridge over the River Avon in Warwickshire, England.

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Quern-stone - hand tool for grinding food like grain or seeds in Nepal 2013.‎

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English : Quern-stone - hand tool for grinding food like grain or seeds in Nepal 2013.

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Audio recording of Le bruit des cabarets, la fange du trottoir, a poem of Paul Verlaine, interpreted by Antoine Giet and recorded by Thalie Envolée.‎

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English : Audio recording of Le bruit des cabarets, la fange du trottoir, a poem of Paul Verlaine, interpreted by Antoine Giet and recorded by Thalie Envolée.

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

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English : Dülferstraße is an U-Bahn station in Munich on the U2.

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The drive by tram LVS-2009, part of trafic system Volgograd Metrotram in the town Volgograd, Russia.‎

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English : The drive by tram LVS-2009, part of trafic system Volgograd Metrotram in the town Volgograd, Russia.

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Caterpillars of the swallowtail (Papilio machaon) on fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) near San Vincenzo, Tuscany, Italy, 2012.‎

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English : Caterpillars of the swallowtail (Papilio machaon) on fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) near San Vincenzo, Tuscany, Italy, 2012.

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Laguna Honda (in English "Deep Lagoon") is a salt lake located at 4,114 metres (13,497 ft) over the sea level in the bolivian Potosí Department, close to the border with Chile.

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English : Laguna Honda (in English "Deep Lagoon") is a salt lake located at 4,114 metres (13,497 ft) over the sea level in the bolivian Potosí Department, close to the border with Chile.

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Video of skating on artificial ice in Černý Most, Prague, Czech Republic, 14th November 2016.‎

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English : Video of skating on artificial ice in Černý Most, Prague, Czech Republic, 14th November 2016.

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Schloss Nymphenburg, "Castle of the Nymph (or Nymphs)", is a Baroque palace in Munich, Bavaria, southern Germany. The palace was the main summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria of the House of Wittelsbach.

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English : Schloss Nymphenburg, "Castle of the Nymph (or Nymphs)", is a Baroque palace in Munich, Bavaria, southern Germany. The palace was the main summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria of the House of Wittelsbach.

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Snow removal on a bike lane by sweeping and salting in the town Linköping, south Sweden, February 2016.‎

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English : Snow removal on a bike lane by sweeping and salting in the town Linköping, south Sweden, February 2016.

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Seebach Valley and Ankogel (3,252 metres (10,669 ft)) in the High Tauern National Park near Mallnitz, Carinthia, Austria.

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English : Seebach Valley and Ankogel (3,252 metres (10,669 ft)) in the High Tauern National Park near Mallnitz, Carinthia, Austria.

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The Dutch Newsreels from the 1966 year - modeshow in the minature park Madurodam, ín The Hague, west Nederlands.‎

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English : The Dutch Newsreels from the 1966 year - modeshow in the minature park Madurodam, ín The Hague, west Nederlands.

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The Reichstag building in Berlin at night with a Christmas tree in front of it. At the left of the Reichstag, the International Trade Centre (Friedrichstrasse) and the television tower on Alexanderplatz can be seen. Above the TV tower there's the moon. The cupola of the Reichstag building was designed by Norman Foster.

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English : The Reichstag building in Berlin at night with a Christmas tree in front of it. At the left of the Reichstag, the International Trade Centre (Friedrichstrasse) and the television tower on Alexanderplatz can be seen. Above the TV tower there's the moon. The cupola of the Reichstag building was designed by Norman Foster.

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American president Bill Clinton and Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl speaking at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany in 1994.‎

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English : American president Bill Clinton and Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl speaking at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany in 1994.

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Interior of a chapel at the Vordere Niedere alp in the mountains near Andelsbuch, Vorarlberg, Austria. The chapel was designed by architects Cukrowicz Nachbaur and built in 2008.

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English : Aneta Sablik: Merry Christmas Everyone.

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Image of Grace Our Lady with six Fingers at the parish- and pilgrimage church Maria Laach am Jauerling, Lower Austria. Anonymous master, 2nd half of 15th century.

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A Christmas Carol, is a 1910 silent film directed by J. Searle Dawley for Edison Studios. It is one of the earliest film adaptations of Charles Dickens' eponymous novella.‎

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English : A Christmas Carol, is a 1910 silent film directed by J. Searle Dawley for Edison Studios. It is one of the earliest film adaptations of Charles Dickens' eponymous novella.

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Winter landscape in Kuznetsk Alatau, South Siberia, Russia

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Video showing the Christmas celebration customs from the Roscheider Hof Open Air Museum, Germany.‎

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English : Video showing the Christmas celebration customs from the Roscheider Hof Open Air Museum, Germany.

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Romanesque Chapel of St. John in Pürgg, Styria, Austria. The frescos date from the 12th century, probably around 1160, the crucifix from the 11th century.

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English : Romanesque Chapel of St. John in Pürgg, Styria, Austria. The frescos date from the 12th century, probably around 1160, the crucifix from the 11th century.

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The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft carrying three new Expedition 35 crew members launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 28th March 2013 to begin an accelerated six-hour journey to the ISS.‎

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English : The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft carrying three new Expedition 35 crew members launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 28th March 2013 to begin an accelerated six-hour journey to the ISS.

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Yacare caiman (Caiman yacare), the Pantanal, Brazil. On 28 December 1973, the Endangered Species Act became law in the USA. The Yacare Caiman was reclassified to threatened status on 5 April 2000.

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English : Yacare caiman (Caiman yacare), the Pantanal, Brazil. On 28 December 1973, the Endangered Species Act became law in the USA. The Yacare Caiman was reclassified to threatened status on 5 April 2000.

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Lighthouse “Memmertfeuer” at the harbor, island Juist, Lower Saxony, Germany.

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Christmas lighting on Kungsgatan in Stockholm.‎

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English : Christmas lighting on Kungsgatan in Stockholm.

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Ceiling frescos in Sonntagberg Basilica (Lower Austria) by Daniel Gran (1738–43)

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English : Ceiling frescos in Sonntagberg Basilica (Lower Austria) by Daniel Gran (1738–43)

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Woman swims with killer whales (Orcinus orca) in open sea, New Zealand.‎

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English : Woman swims with killer whales (Orcinus orca) in open sea, New Zealand.

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Besides New Year's Eve, fireworks are often used to celebrate many important events.

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The International Fireworks Festival in the town St. Paul's Bay, Malta.‎

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English : The International Fireworks Festival in the town St. Paul's Bay, Malta.
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