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860-287450 - Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Tara with deployed plancton nets. On "station", the boat is drifting without engine or sails. Tara Oceans, a unique expedition: Tara Oceans is the very first attempt to make a global study of marine plankton, a form of sea life that includes organisms as small as viruses and bacterias, and as big as medusas. Our goal is to better understand planktonic ecosystems by exploring the countless species, learning about interactions among them and with their environment. Marine plankton is the only ecosystem that is almost continuous over the surface of the Earth. Studying plankton is like taking the pulse of our planet. Recently, scientists have discovered the great importance of plankton for the climate: populations of plankton are affected very rapidly by variations in climate. But in turn they can influence the climate by modifying the absorption of carbon. In a context of rapid physico-chemical changes, for example the acidification observed today in the world's oceans, it is urgent to understand and predict the evolution of these particular ecosystems. Finally, plankton is an astonishing way of going back in time ? a prime source of fossils. Over the eons, plankton has created several hundred meters of sediment on the ocean floors. This allows us to go back in time, to the first oceans on Earth, and better understand the history of our biosphere. More than 12 fields of research are involved in the project, which will bring together an international team of oceanographers, ecologists, biologists, geneticists, and physicists from prestigious laboratories headed by Eric Karsenti of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. Galapagos
857-96072 - The recent heat wave killed more than a half of the oyster production in some farms in the South of France. The rising temperature of the sea water combined with no wind leads to the death of the oysters. For Basile Compan, 30, the losing 15 tons mature oysters is a big financial loss. The compensation coming from the government is not enough to start another growing process. Marseillan, Herault, France
857-96071 - The recent heat wave killed more than a half of the oyster production in some farms in the South of France. The rising temperature of the sea water combined with no wind leads to the death of the oysters. Once dead, the shell opens and the meat fall in the sea. The remaining shells are used by cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies. Marseillan, Herault, France
1116-41401 - Giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) are the largest living species of tortoise that can grow up to 880 pounds and reach more than 6 feet in length, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
1116-39680 - The Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), also known as a red backed sea eagle, are scavengers rather than hunters. They feed on carrion, insects, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans and fish, Philippines
857-94810 - A female sumatran elephant poses on a stump in an enclosure at an elephant rescue center in north Sumatra. While many of the elephants were rescued from being labor animals, they are still kept in less than ideal conditions.
857-94717 - Nimoa Island - here the island mission will impress. The five-sided church features murals of island life and all mission buildings are surrounded by well maintained paths and gardens filled with flowering plants. Edged by jungle-covered mountains, postcard beaches and crystal clear waters - an island paradise indeed! The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of ten larger volcanic islands frequently fringed by coral reefs, and 90 smaller coral islands located 200 km southeast of New Guinea, stretching over more than 160 km and spread over an ocean area of 26,000 km? between the Solomon Sea to the north and the Coral Sea to the south. The aggregate land area of the islands is about 1,790 km? (690 square miles), with Vanatinai (formerly Sudest or Tagula as named by European claimants on Western maps) being the largest. Sideia Island and Basilaki Island lie closest to New Guinea, while Misima, Vanatinai, and Rossel islands lie further east. The archipelago is divided into the Local Level Government (LLG) areas Loui!
857-94720 - Nimoa Island - here the island mission will impress. The five-sided church features murals of island life and all mission buildings are surrounded by well maintained paths and gardens filled with flowering plants. Edged by jungle-covered mountains, postcard beaches and crystal clear waters - an island paradise indeed! The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of ten larger volcanic islands frequently fringed by coral reefs, and 90 smaller coral islands located 200 km southeast of New Guinea, stretching over more than 160 km and spread over an ocean area of 26,000 km? between the Solomon Sea to the north and the Coral Sea to the south. The aggregate land area of the islands is about 1,790 km? (690 square miles), with Vanatinai (formerly Sudest or Tagula as named by European claimants on Western maps) being the largest. Sideia Island and Basilaki Island lie closest to New Guinea, while Misima, Vanatinai, and Rossel islands lie further east. The archipelago is divided into the Local Level Government (LLG) areas Louisiade Rural (western part, with Misima), and Yaleyamba (western part, with Rossell and Tagula islands. The LLG areas are part of Samarai-Murua District district of Milne Bay. The seat of the Louisiade Rural LLG is Bwagaoia on Misima Island, the population center of the archipelago.
857-94718 - Nimoa Island - here the island mission will impress. The five-sided church features murals of island life and all mission buildings are surrounded by well maintained paths and gardens filled with flowering plants. Edged by jungle-covered mountains, postcard beaches and crystal clear waters - an island paradise indeed! The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of ten larger volcanic islands frequently fringed by coral reefs, and 90 smaller coral islands located 200 km southeast of New Guinea, stretching over more than 160 km and spread over an ocean area of 26,000 km? between the Solomon Sea to the north and the Coral Sea to the south. The aggregate land area of the islands is about 1,790 km? (690 square miles), with Vanatinai (formerly Sudest or Tagula as named by European claimants on Western maps) being the largest. Sideia Island and Basilaki Island lie closest to New Guinea, while Misima, Vanatinai, and Rossel islands lie further east. The archipelago is divided into the Local Level Government (LLG) areas Louisiade Rural (western part, with Misima), and Yaleyamba (western part, with Rossell and Tagula islands. The LLG areas are part of Samarai-Murua District district of Milne Bay. The seat of the Louisiade Rural LLG is Bwagaoia on Misima Island, the population center of the archipelago.
857-94722 - Children playing with a outrigger canoe in the village of Hessessai Bay at PanaTinai (Panatinane)island in the Louisiade Archipelago in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. The island has an area of 78 km2. The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of ten larger volcanic islands frequently fringed by coral reefs, and 90 smaller coral islands located 200 km southeast of New Guinea, stretching over more than 160 km and spread over an ocean area of 26,000 km? between the Solomon Sea to the north and the Coral Sea to the south. The aggregate land area of the islands is about 1,790 km? (690 square miles), with Vanatinai (formerly Sudest or Tagula as named by European claimants on Western maps) being the largest. Sideia Island and Basilaki Island lie closest to New Guinea, while Misima, Vanatinai, and Rossel islands lie further east. The archipelago is divided into the Local Level Government (LLG) areas Louisiade Rural (western part, with Misima), and Yaleyamba (western part, with Rossell and Tagula islands. The LLG areas are part of Samarai-Murua District district of Milne Bay. The seat of the Louisiade Rural LLG is Bwagaoia on Misima Island, the population center of the archipelago.PanaTinai (Panatinane) is an island in the Louisiade Archipelago in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.
857-94715 - Nimoa Island - here the island mission will impress. The five-sided church features murals of island life and all mission buildings are surrounded by well maintained paths and gardens filled with flowering plants. Edged by jungle-covered mountains, postcard beaches and crystal clear waters - an island paradise indeed! The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of ten larger volcanic islands frequently fringed by coral reefs, and 90 smaller coral islands located 200 km southeast of New Guinea, stretching over more than 160 km and spread over an ocean area of 26,000 km? between the Solomon Sea to the north and the Coral Sea to the south. The aggregate land area of the islands is about 1,790 km? (690 square miles), with Vanatinai (formerly Sudest or Tagula as named by European claimants on Western maps) being the largest. Sideia Island and Basilaki Island lie closest to New Guinea, while Misima, Vanatinai, and Rossel islands lie further east.
857-94812 - A female Sumatran elephant stretches while bathing in a river in north Sumatra, Indonesia. Many of these elephants were rescued from being labor animals, but are still kept in less than ideal conditions.
857-94811 - A family of Sumatran elephants bathe in a river in north Sumatra, Indonesia. Many of these elephants were rescued from being labor animals, but are still kept in less than ideal conditions.
857-94719 - Nimoa Island - here the island mission will impress. The five-sided church features murals of island life and all mission buildings are surrounded by well maintained paths and gardens filled with flowering plants. Edged by jungle-covered mountains, postcard beaches and crystal clear waters - an island paradise indeed! The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of ten larger volcanic islands frequently fringed by coral reefs, and 90 smaller coral islands located 200 km southeast of New Guinea, stretching over more than 160 km and spread over an ocean area of 26,000 km? between the Solomon Sea to the north and the Coral Sea to the south. The aggregate land area of the islands is about 1,790 km? (690 square miles), with Vanatinai (formerly Sudest or Tagula as named by European claimants on Western maps) being the largest. Sideia Island and Basilaki Island lie closest to New Guinea, while Misima, Vanatinai, and Rossel islands lie further east. The archipelago is divided into the Local Level Government (LLG) areas Louisiade Rural (western part, with Misima), and Yaleyamba (western part, with Rossell and Tagula islands. The LLG areas are part of Samarai-Murua District district of Milne Bay. The seat of the Louisiade Rural LLG is Bwagaoia on Misima Island, the population center of the archipelago.
857-94721 - Nimoa Island - here the island mission will impress. The five-sided church features murals of island life and all mission buildings are surrounded by well maintained paths and gardens filled with flowering plants. Edged by jungle-covered mountains, postcard beaches and crystal clear waters - an island paradise indeed! The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of ten larger volcanic islands frequently fringed by coral reefs, and 90 smaller coral islands located 200 km southeast of New Guinea, stretching over more than 160 km and spread over an ocean area of 26,000 km? between the Solomon Sea to the north and the Coral Sea to the south. The aggregate land area of the islands is about 1,790 km? (690 square miles), with Vanatinai (formerly Sudest or Tagula as named by European claimants on Western maps) being the largest. Sideia Island and Basilaki Island lie closest to New Guinea, while Misima, Vanatinai, and Rossel islands lie further east. The archipelago is divided into the Local Level Government (LLG) areas Loui!
857-94716 - Nimoa Island - here the island mission will impress. The five-sided church features murals of island life and all mission buildings are surrounded by well maintained paths and gardens filled with flowering plants. Edged by jungle-covered mountains, postcard beaches and crystal clear waters - an island paradise indeed! The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of ten larger volcanic islands frequently fringed by coral reefs, and 90 smaller coral islands located 200 km southeast of New Guinea, stretching over more than 160 km and spread over an ocean area of 26,000 km? between the Solomon Sea to the north and the Coral Sea to the south. The aggregate land area of the islands is about 1,790 km? (690 square miles), with Vanatinai (formerly Sudest or Tagula as named by European claimants on Western maps) being the largest. Sideia Island and Basilaki Island lie closest to New Guinea, while Misima, Vanatinai, and Rossel islands lie further east. The archipelago is divided into the Local Level Government (LLG) areas Loui!
857-94714 - The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of ten larger volcanic islands frequently fringed by coral reefs, and 90 smaller coral islands located 200 km southeast of New Guinea, stretching over more than 160 km and spread over an ocean area of 26,000 km? between the Solomon Sea to the north and the Coral Sea to the south. The aggregate land area of the islands is about 1,790 km? (690 square miles), with Vanatinai (formerly Sudest or Tagula as named by European claimants on Western maps) being the largest. Sideia Island and Basilaki Island lie closest to New Guinea, while Misima, Vanatinai, and Rossel islands lie further east. The archipelago is divided into the Local Level Government (LLG) areas Louisiade Rural (western part, with Misima), and Yaleyamba (western part, with Rossell and Tagula islands. The LLG areas are part of Samarai-Murua District district of Milne Bay. The seat of the Louisiade Rural LLG is Bwagaoia on Misima Island, the population center of the archipelago.
857-94712 - The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of ten larger volcanic islands frequently fringed by coral reefs, and 90 smaller coral islands located 200 km southeast of New Guinea, stretching over more than 160 km and spread over an ocean area of 26,000 km? between the Solomon Sea to the north and the Coral Sea to the south. The aggregate land area of the islands is about 1,790 km? (690 square miles), with Vanatinai (formerly Sudest or Tagula as named by European claimants on Western maps) being the largest.Sideia Island and Basilaki Island lie closest to New Guinea, while Misima, Vanatinai, and Rossel islands lie further east. The archipelago is divided into the Local Level Government (LLG) areas Louisiade Rural (western part, with Misima), and Yaleyamba (western part, with Rossell and Tagula islands. The LLG areas are part of Samarai-Murua District district of Milne Bay. The seat of the Louisiade Rural LLG is Bwagaoia on Misima Island, the population center of the archipelago.
746-88413 - Debre Berhan Selassie Church in Gonder. The interior of the church is covered with paintings showing stories from the old and the new testament as well as miracles from different saints. The paintings are painted on a fabric, which was glued to the wall. Unique is the ceiling with more than 100 faces of angels looking down on the believers, Africa, East Africa, Ethiopia, Gonder
857-92685 - Three participants of the UTMB are running in the hills of Chamonix. The famous peaks of the Mont Blanc range are in the background. The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (also referred to as UTMB) is a single-stage mountain ultramarathon. It takes place once a year in the Alps, across France, Italy and Switzerland. The distance is approximately 166 kilometres (103 mi), with a total elevation gain of around 9,600 m. It is widely regarded as one of the most difficult foot races in Europe. It's certainly one of the largest with over two thousand starters. The combined participation in all of the events is approaching 10 thousand runners. While the best runners complete the loop in slightly more than 20 hours, most runners take 30 to 45 hours to reach the finish line.
857-92684 - An elderly woman is running in the hills of Chamonix. She is close to finishing the extremely exhausting UTMB race. The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (also referred to as UTMB) is a single-stage mountain ultramarathon. It takes place once a year in the Alps, across France, Italy and Switzerland. The distance is approximately 166 kilometres (103 mi), with a total elevation gain of around 9,600 m. It is widely regarded as one of the most difficult foot races in Europe. It's certainly one of the largest with over two thousand starters. The combined participation in all of the events is approaching 10 thousand runners. While the best runners complete the loop in slightly more than 20 hours, most runners take 30 to 45 hours to reach the finish line.
857-92688 - Entrance arch to Santa Monica Pier, from the Pacific Coast Highway. A popular excursion spot for more than a century, the Santa Monica Pier draws crowds daily. From Wikipedia: "The Santa Monica Pier is a large double-jointed pier located at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, California and is a prominent, 100-year-old landmark. The pier contains Pacific Park, a family amusement park with its one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art, solar paneled Ferris wheel. It also has an original carousel hippodrome from the 1920s, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium operated by Heal the Bay, shops, entertainers, a video arcade, a trapeze school, pubs, and restaurants. The west end of the pier is a popular location for anglers.
857-90583 - A night scene of the Everest Base Camp, where climbers call this home for more than 2 months. They use the site as a base to move up to higher camps and also rest during days of non climbing, Nepal
857-88781 - A male mountaineer is standing on the summit of the Barrhorn, a mountain peak of 3610 meter in the Swiss Alps. It is one of the highest summits in Europe to be accessible to experienced hikers. The region of Wallis is home to over 40 mountain peaks higher than 4000 meter. The highest one that is completely situated within the Swiss borders is the Dom, which is visible in the background. The Mattertal runs from Visp all the way to Zermatt and is a paradise for all outdoor enthusiasts, like hikers, climbers, alpinists, walkers, mountain bikers and nature lovers.
911-10350 - Lake Isabella near Bakersfield, East of California's Central valley is at less than 13% capacity following the four year long devastating drought. The reservoir has dropped so low, that the water level is below the outflow pipe.
911-10347 - An RV that until recently would be 40 feet underwater on the lake bed of Lake Isabella near Bakersfield, East of California's Central valley which is at less than 13% capacity following the four year long devastating drought. The reservoir has dropped so low, that the water level is below the outflow pipe.
911-10353 - Lake Isabella near Bakersfield, East of California's Central valley is at less than 13% capacity following the four year long devastating drought. The reservoir has dropped so low, that the water level is below the outflow pipe. This shot shows the boat launching jetty, that has been taken as far down the ramp as possible, and is still nowhere near the water level.
911-10354 - Lake Isabella near Bakersfield, East of California's Central valley is at less than 13% capacity following the four year long devastating drought. The reservoir has dropped so low, that the water level is below the outflow pipe, shown here.
911-10352 - Lake Isabella near Bakersfield, East of California's Central valley is at less than 13% capacity following the four year long devastating drought. The reservoir has dropped so low, that the water level is below the outflow pipe.
911-10349 - Lake Isabella near Bakersfield, East of California's Central valley is at less than 13% capacity following the four year long devastating drought. The reservoir has dropped so low, that the water level is below the outflow pipe.
911-10351 - Lake Isabella near Bakersfield, East of California's Central valley is at less than 13% capacity following the four year long devastating drought. The reservoir has dropped so low, that the water level is below the outflow pipe.
911-10348 - Lake Isabella near Bakersfield, East of California's Central valley is at less than 13% capacity following the four year long devastating drought. The reservoir has dropped so low, that the water level is below the outflow pipe.
911-10355 - Lake Isabella near Bakersfield, East of California's Central valley is at less than 13% capacity following the four year long devastating drought. The reservoir has dropped so low, that the water level is below the outflow pipe.
817-465594 - West facade of Casa de las Conchas (15th-16th century) mixing late Gothic and Plateresque style, decorated with more than 300 shells, symbol of the order of Santiago, Salamanca, Castilla-Leon, Spain
817-465596 - Casa de las Conchas (15th-16th century) mixing late Gothic and Plateresque style, decorated with more than 300 shells, symbol of the order of Santiago, Salamanca, Castilla-Leon, Spain
817-459168 - The theatre of Marcellus, Teatro di Marcello, was officially opened in 13 BC, with elaborate games. It offered more than 15, 000 spectators. Next to it are the ruins of the Temple of Apollo of Sosianus, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe.
832-301896 - Chandelier made in Germany, Sultan Qaboos Mosque, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, largest chandelier in the world, weight 8.5 tons, made of more than a million Swarovski crystals, 14 m long, 8 m wide, Oman
832-253391 - Larger-than-life-sized bronze warrior figures guarding the valley of Vega de Rio de las Palmas beside the road after Betancuria, Fuerteventura, Canary islands, Spain, Europe
832-244348 - Aerial photograph, pleasure steamer, Weisse Flotte, Edersee lake, reduced to less than a quarter of its normal volume of water, city of Korbach, Waldeck, Hesse, Germany, Europe
1161-570 - Soldiers carrying rifles on their shoulders marching in an Independence Day parade in Banjul, Gambia. One man stands head and shoulders above the rest. He is likely to be more than seven feet tall.
832-192048 - History, furnished cave of the Communist Pathet Lao resistance fighters, table and chairs, old photos of politicians, Tham Than Kaysone Phomvihane, Vieng Xai, Houaphan province, Laos, Southeast Asia, Asia
832-192049 - History, sparsely furnished cave of the Communist Pathet Lao resistance fighters, table and chairs, Tham Than Kaysone Phomvihane, Vieng Xai, Houaphan province, Laos, Southeast Asia, Asia
990-146 - She canÃt be more trusting than that. A curious Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) has turned upside down exposing her white belly, navel and genital slits to the photographer. St. Lawrence estuary, Canada
990-180 - She canít be more trusting than that. A curious Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) has turned upside down exposing her white belly, navel and genital slits to the photographer. St. Lawrence estuary, Canada
990-163 - She canÃŒt be more trusting than that. A curious Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) has turned upside down exposing her white belly, navel and genital slits to the photographer. St. Lawrence estuary, Canada
990-175 - Finback whale (Balaenoptera physalus) might be seen alone or in pairs but often form groups of more than a dozen animals in order to hunt fish. St. Lawrence estuary, Canada (RR)
817-432484 - The tree called 'La Terrona' is more than 800 years old Probably the oldest holm oak Quercus ilex in the world Zarza de Montanchez Caceres, Extremadura Spain
832-153888 - A giant tunnel boring machine of the specialist firm Herrenknecht, length 90 meters, bore diameter more than 10 meters, in front of the construction site of the second tube of the Kaiser Wilhelm Tunnel at the Ediger-Eller district, Rhineland-Palatinate, G
832-153890 - A giant tunnel boring machine of the specialist firm Herrenknecht, length 90 meters, bore diameter more than 10 meters, in front of the construction site of the second tube of the Kaiser Wilhelm Tunnel at the Ediger-Eller district, Rhineland-Palatinate, G
832-153891 - A giant tunnel boring machine of the specialist firm Herrenknecht, length 90 meters, bore diameter more than 10 meters, in front of the construction site of the second tube of the Kaiser Wilhelm Tunnel at the Ediger-Eller district, Rhineland-Palatinate, G
832-153892 - A giant tunnel boring machine of the specialist firm Herrenknecht, length 90 meters, bore diameter more than 10 meters, in front of the construction site of the second tube of the Kaiser Wilhelm Tunnel at the Ediger-Eller district, Rhineland-Palatinate, G
832-110552 - "Totems" landmark art installation created from more than 100 processed railway sleepers by Basque painter and sculptor Agustin Ibarrola, situated on snow-covered mining waste heap Halde Haniel above the pit Prosper-Haniel in winter, Bottrop, North Rhine-