Breathtaking Views of Earth From Above

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Bauxite waste from aluminum production. Aluminum is the largest industrial consumer of electricity and produces large quantities of “red mud” bauxite waste which contains significant amounts of heavy metal contamination. (Photo by J. Henry Fair/Industrial Scars/Papadakis Publisher)

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An aerial view of watermelon terraces in Xibeile Village under Yongle Township in Baise City, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on March 14, 2016. Yongle Township is the hometown of watermelons in Guangxi. The planting there covers an area of 15,000 mu (about 1,000 hectares), with an output of 28,000 tons of watermelons annually. (Photo by Huang Xiaobang/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)

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Hurley, New Mexico US. This copper mine has for centuries been the trigger for violence between Native American people and the Spanish, then Northern European immigrants. It is now worked as a large open-pit mine, where ore-bearing rock is fractured by blasting to form levels called benches, before then being removed with large diesel-electric haul trucks. Diagonal ramps carry utilities into the mine pit, bringing electricity in and pumped water out. (Photo by J. Henry Fair/Industrial Scars/Papadakis Publisher)

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Luling, Louisiana, US. New evidence contradicts previous claims of the relative safety of glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, which is manufactured here. It is often used in conjunction with seeds that have been genetically modified to tolerate its application, meaning that anyone consuming these crops is eating a genetically modified plant, and whatever residue of the pesticide that remains. (Photo by J. Henry Fair/Industrial Scars/Papadakis Publisher)

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A narrow slot canyon is seen from the air at Lake Powell near Page, Arizona, May 26, 2015. (Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters)

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Children play on a terraced paddy field during the new rice season in Vietnam’s northern Mu Cang Chai district, 360 km (225 miles) northwest of Hanoi June 6, 2016. (Photo by Reuters/Kham)

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Workers stand among pools of salt at the Maras mines on a mountain at the Urubamba valley in the Andean region of Cusco, Peru, September 28, 2016. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Farmers have started planting rice seedlings in the terraced fields of Honghe county in Yunnan, China on April 14, 2016. (Photo by Xinhua/Barcroft Media)

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Fort McMurray, Canada. The first step in the oil sands process after extraction is “upgrading”, in which particulate matter is removed from the bitumen and its viscosity reduced so that refineries can process it. This is a photograph of the top of a petroleum tank, with a walkway out to the covered inspection hatch in the centre. This tank stores 400,000 to 500,000 barrels of the world’s dirtiest oil, obtained by excavating large areas of Canadian tar sands. (Photo by J. Henry Fair/Industrial Scars/Papadakis Publisher)

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Kiruna, Sweden. Waste impoundment at the Kiruna iron mine. The mine draws on the world’s largest underground deposit of magnetite, a rich ore containing 60% iron as well as unwanted rock that is separated and disposed of in large waste impoundments. (Photo by J. Henry Fair/Industrial Scars/Papadakis Publisher)

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An aerial view shows a pond surrounded by trees in a field near Sieversdorf, Brandenburg, Germany, 14 April 2016. Such natural environments form ecologically valuable habitats in heavily used agricultural areas. (Photo by Patrick Pleul/EPA)

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An Iditarod musher crosses a frozen pond between the Shaktoolik and Koyuk checkpoints during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 9, 2014. (Photo by Bob Hallinen/AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News)

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An aerial view image taken with a drone shows steam rises in the morning, shortly after sunrise, from the water of the German-Polish border River Oder near of Reitwein im Oderbruch, Brandenburg, 06 May 2016. (Photo by Patrick Pleul/EPA)

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People ride boats on the waters of Lake Eibsee, in Grainau, Bavaria, Germany, 10 July 2016. (Photo by Sven Hoppe/EPA)

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A bleached “bathtub ring” is visible on the rocky banks of Lake Powell on March 28, 2015 in Lake Powell, Utah. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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An aerial view shows a boat making its way on the Scharmuetzelsee near Bad Sarow, eastern Germany on April 29, 2014. (Photo by Patrick Pleul/AFP Photo/DPA)

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Aerial view taken on May 12, 2016 shows cars driving on the winding L401 country road past rapeseed fields near Nienstedt close to Bad Muender am Deister, central Germany. (Photo by Julian Stratenschulte/AFP Photo/DPA)

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Hot air balloons float over Lake Burley Griffin during the Balloon Spectacular in Canberra, Australia, Saturday, March 8, 2014. (Photo by Rob Griffith/AP Photo)

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New Roads, Louisiana, US. This coal ash power plant is the 27th worst carbon emitter of US power plants, one of the 50 worst mercury polluters, and is known to be contaminating the groundwater around it with selenium which is leaching from its ash waste ponds. Coal ash is known to contain a variety of toxins including lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, boron, selenium. (Photo by J. Henry Fair/Industrial Scars/Papadakis Publisher)

 

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This picture taken on July 12, 2016 shows flowers in bloom including lentil fields and poppies near Castelluccio, a small village in central Italy’s Umbria region. (Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP Photo)

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This spectacular landscape may look like something from another planet – but it is in fact colourful salt ponds which stretch for miles. (Photo by Caters News)

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In this aerial image, fully bloomed cherry blossoms form a spiral at Konpira san in the Chuo Park in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan. (Photo by 2014 The Asahi Shimbun)

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