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Palm Jumeirah artificial island, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (25°07’ N, 55°08’ E).Iguazu waterfalls, Misiones province, Argentina and Brazil (25°41’ S, 54°26’ W).Cotton harvesting around Banfora, Burkina Faso (10°36’ N, 4°47’ W).
Cattle grazing in the Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil (17°36’ S, 57°30’ W).Elephants in a swamp, Okavango delta, Botswana (19°25’ S, 23°14’ E).River channel in the Okavango delta, Botswana (18°58’ S, 22°29’ E).
Rano Kau volcano in Rapa Nui national park, Easter Island, Chile (27°11’ S, 109°26’ W).Residential area, Changping District, Beijing, People’s Republic of China (40°13’ N - 116°13’ E).Glacial rill on the Greenland ice sheet near Nordlit Sermiat, Greenland (61°05’ N – 46°27’ W).
Solar houses in the Vauban ecoquarter in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (47°58’ N, 7°50’ E).Herd of reindeer near Ivituut, Greenland (61°05’ N, 46°10’ W).Greenhouses in San Augustin near Almer?a, Andalusia, Spain (36°42’ N, 2°44’ W).
Oil tanker of society Euronav, Le NAMUR, Ushant, Finist?re (48°32’ N, 5°16’ W).The trawler Cara?bes in the Iroise Sea off Ouessant Island, Finist?re, France (48°25’ N, 5°05’ W).Lumber yard in Port-Gentil, Ogoou?-Maritime Province, Gabon (0°43’ S, 8°47’ E).
Djidji waterfalls, Ivindo National Park, Ogoou?-Ivindo province, Gabon (0°01’ N, 12°27’ E).Lumber yard in Port-Gentil, Ogoou?-Maritime Province, Gabon (0°43’ S, 8°47’ E).Whale off Port-Gentil, Ogoou?-Maritime province, Gabon (0°31’ S, 8°52’ E).
Seta Valley devastated by a fire in August 2007, Island of Euboea, Greece (38°32’ N, 23°56’ E).Well at Pali, Rajasthan, India (25°57’ N, 73°19’ E).Women at a wellnear Khudiala, Rajasthan, India (26°26’ N, 72°40’ E).
Drawings in the courtyard of a house in Khudiala, Rajasthan, India (26°31’N, 72°41’E).The Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant, the blue lagoon, near Grindav?k, Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland (63°53’ N, 22°26’ W).Volcanic chain, Lakagigar, Iceland (64°07’ N, 18°14’ W).
Ulsan shipyard, South Korea (35°32’ N, 129°19’ E).Workers spraying pesticide on a field, Jeju-Do, South Korea (33°27’ N, 126°34’ E).“Sand diggers” boats in Kalaban Koro, outskirts of Bamako, Mali (12°34’ N, 8°02’ W).

Rano Kau volcano in Rapa Nui national park, Easter Island, Chile (27°11’ S, 109°26’ W).

This volcano located in the southwest of the island last erupted 150.000 to 210.000 years ago. The Pacific Ocean’s assaults have carved out high cliffs and turned the volcano into a type of citadel. This is where the Pascuas, the original inhabitants of the island, built a village. Traces of this village can still be seen towering above the ocean at 250 m, on the edge of the caldera. They called it Orongo and it was the site of ceremonies and initiations linked to the Bird Man cult. This cult which succeeded the cult of the giant statues came to an end in the 1860s when almost the whole of the island’s population was deported and enslaved or struck down by illnesses imported by boat crews and missionaries. The Christianisation of the survivors brought an end to this Polynesian culture that had invented a form of writing, rongo-rongo, that no-one can decipher today. At the end of the 19th century, there were only 200 inhabitants. There are now about 4.000 people living on the island on a permanent basis with the arrival of new inhabitants, at the start of this XXIst century. Tourism (over 50.000 visitors a year) poses new threats to the island listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.

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