الاثنين، 26 يناير، 2015

Bird’s Eye View

Bird’s Eye View

A change in perspective can make everything look a little different. Patterns emerge, shapes coalesce, and chaos simplifies.
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Aerial view of a river in Peru's Amazon region of Loreto, September 29, 2014. (ENRIQUE CASTRO-MENDIVIL/REUTERS)
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Farmers replant paddy saplings at a rice field after monsoon rains on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India, Aug. 6, 2014. (Biswaranjan Rout/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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Workers harvest asparagus in Preschen near Cottbus May 1, 2013. Germans are famed for their love of white asparagus rather than the more common green variety. Some 90-95 percent of consumption in Germany is of white asparagus, which must be grown deep in the soil and dug out by hand. (MICHAELA REHLE/REUTERS)
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Brine pools and processing areas of the Soquimich lithium mine on the Atacama salt flat in Chile, the largest lithium deposit currently in production,await extraction on January 10, 2013. (IVAN ALVARADO/REUTERS)
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Houses and plantations lie submerged in floodwaters in Pengkalan Chepa, near Kota Bharu on December 27, 2014. Malaysia's worst flooding in decades forced more than 100,000 people to flee. (MOHD RASFAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
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The Jaguari dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, looks bleak during a drought in Braganca Paulista, Sao Paulo state November 18, 2014. Brazil's worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system, that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller citie, South America's largest city could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season. (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS)
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Oil spills from a pipeline that breached during maintenace work at the Arava desert in southern Israel, Israel on December 4, 2014. (ISRAELI ENVIROMENTAL PROTECTION MINSTRY /EPA)
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1500 walrus gather on the northwest coast of Alaska. Pacific walrus looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in record numbers, according to NOAA. (Corey Accardo/NOAA/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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Sperm whales swim off the the coast of Dana Point, Calif. on October 6, 2014. Several pods of sperm whales emerged off the Southern California coast in an extremely rare, hours-long sighting with 50 mothers and juveniles rolling and playing with dolphins. (Dave Anderson/DOLPHINSAFARI.COM/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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A hot air balloon flies over Lake Burley Griffin and the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, Australia on March 9, 2013. (LUKAS COCH/EPA)
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A man enjoys a swimming pool in Kleinmachnow, eastern Germany, on September 7, 2014. (RALF HIRSCHBERGER/DPA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
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College students cool themselves off inside an inflatable pool at their dormitory in Wuhan, China on August 5, 2014. (STR)
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A young laborer takes a nap during a break at a factory a day ahead of Labor Day on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on April 30, 2013. (SHAHZAIB AKBER/EPA)
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A pro-democracy protestor lies on the ground as she listens to a speech during a rally outside the government headquarters office in Hong Kong on October 10, 2014. (CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS)
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Aung Pyae Tun of Myanmar and Kim Youngman of South Korea compete for the ball in the Sepaktakraw Men's Regu Semifinal during day thirteen of the 2014 Asian Games at Bucheon Gymnasium on October 2, 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. (Lintao Zhang\Getty Images)
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Iran's Mahdi Aliyarifeizabadi (in red) fights China's Xiao Di in their men's Greco-Roman 98 kg gold medal wrestling match at Dowon Gymnasium during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon September 30, 2014. (ISSEI KATO/REUTERS)
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Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving in an NBA basketball game Nov. 15, 2014, in Cleveland. (Mark Duncan/Associated Press)
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Matt Martin of the New York Islanders checks Joel Ward of the Washington Capitals during a game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 29, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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A pillow fight Flashmob breaks out in St.Petersburg, Russia, on Aug. 30, 2014 (Dmitry Lovetsky/Associated Press)
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A man digs out his driveway in Depew, N.Y. on Nov. 19, 2014. The Buffalo area found itself buried under as much as 5½ feet of snow (Derek Gee/Buffalo News/Associated Press)
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People crowd the top of the Brocken (Blocksberg) in Harz, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany on December 26, 2014. The Brocken is 1142 meters the highest mountain in northern Germany. (STEFAN RAMPFEL/EPA)
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Snow covered containers decorate the port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands on January 15, 2013. (Robin Utrecht/EPA)
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Tents of Muslim pilgrims sprawl on the second day of Eid al-Adha in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca October 5, 2014. (MUHAMMAD HAMED/REUTERS)
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Shiite faithful pilgrims gather between the holy shrine of Imam Hussein, top, and the holy shrine of Imam Abbas for Arbaeen in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, Iraq on Dec. 13, 2014. (Hadi Mizban/Associated Press)
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Revelers crowd Times Square, New York on New Year's Eve on December 31, 2014. (HODA EMAM/REUTEERS)
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Fireworks illuminate the sky above Munich, Germany early January 1, 2015. (Peter Kneffel/EPA)
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Members of the Castellers de Villafranca celebrate after finishing their human tower during the 25th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on Oct. 5, 2014. The tradition of building human towers or “castells” dates back to the 18th century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where “colles” or teams compete to build the tallest and most complicated towers. In 2010 “castells” were declared by UNESCO one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. (Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press)
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Children survivors queue up for free meals being distributed by a charitable organization at the "tent city" for typhoon victims in Tacloban, Leyte province, in central Philippines, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press)
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Rescuers prepare to carry down a victim at the ash-covered Ontake Shrine near the summit of Mount Ontake in central Japan, Oct. 4, 2014. (Kyodo News/Associated Press)
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Chakala Dangol, 75, holds a coconut before throwing it towards devotees from the top of the chariot of Rato during the chariot festival in Lalitpur, Nepal on May 21, 2013. It is believed that whoever grabs the coconut and returns it to the chariot will be blessed with a son. (NAVESH CHITRAKAR/REUTERS)
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Crowds attend the Unity rally Marche Republicaine on January 11, 2015 at the Place de la Republique in Paris in tribute to the 17 victims of a three-day killing spree by homegrown terrorists. (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Smog covers buildings in the Indian capital New Delhi. Thick smoke hung over New Delhi as millions of Indians lit firecrackers to mark the Diwali festival, but calls for a boycott highlighted growing concerns over air quality in one of the world's most polluted cities. Pollution in the Indian capital reached "severe" levels on October 24, the day after Diwali. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Declining water levels in the Dead Sea

Declining water levels in the Dead Sea

Originally one of the world’s first health resorts, the Dead Sea in Israel has a far from healthy future as its water levels continue to decline. In fact, it has been estimated that since the 1950s the water levels have dropped about 130 feet. The dangerously low level has been attributed to an imbalance between the amount of incoming and outgoing water. Known also as the Sea of Salt, separating Israel to the west and Jordan to the east, the lake’s surface and shores are 1407 feet below the level making it earth’s lowest elevation on land. The problem of the annual declining rate is due largely to the reduction of inflowing of water from the Jordan River. This has been attributed to the increased current consumption of water within the Jordan River water and irrigation drainage basin. Water resources in the region are scarce and affect Israel, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan that are located within and bordering the basin. The sea is called ‘dead’ because its high salinity prevents aquatic organisms such as fish and aquatic plants from living in it.--By European Pressphoto Agency
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An abandoned tourist Boat shipwreck lying at the Dead Sea coastal resort near Ein Gedi, Israel. According to media reports, the Dead Sea water level is dropping with an average of 3 feet per year since the first water level measurements in 1927. (Abir Sultan/EPA)
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A researcher from the Israeli Geological Institute of Limnological Research measures the Dead Sea depth from a rope covered with salt while sailing on the research ship 'Taglit' (Discovery) during their monthly research of the Dead Sea water level near the Dead Sea coastal resort of Ein Gedi, Israel, on Oct. 20, 2014. (Abir Sultan/EPA)
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A view of a large sinkhole created by the decrease in water level at the Dead Sea coastal resort near Ein Gedi, Israel, on Oct. 14, 2014. (Abir Sultan/EPA)
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A small research buoy floating in the center of the Dead Sea is used to measure the depth by the Israeli Geological Institute of Limnological Research during their monthly research of the Dead Sea water level near the Dead Sea coastal resort of Ein Gedi, Israel. (Abir Sultan/EPA)
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An abandoned water park opposite to the shores of the Dead Sea at the Dead Sea coastal resort near Ein Gedi, Israel. (Abir Sultan/EPA)
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A researcher from the Israeli Geological Institute of Limnological Research sails on the research ship 'Taglit' (Discovery) during their monthly research of the Dead Sea water level near the Dead Sea coastal resort of Ein Gedi, Israel. (Abir Sultan/EPA)
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Dead palm trees stand in front of the Dead Sea coastal resort near Ein Gedi, Israel, on Dec. 2, 2014. (Abir Sultan/EPA)
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The research ship 'Taglit' (Discovery) of the Israeli Geological Institute of Limnological Research is prepared to sail during their monthly research of the Dead Sea water level near the Dead Sea coastal resort of Ein Gedi, Israel. (Abir Sultan/EPA)
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An old dock stands about 65 feet above the sea level mark where the water line was about 20 years ago at the Dead Sea coastal resort near Ein Gedi, Israel. (Abir Sultan/EPA)
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An old buoy used by the Israeli navy when they were stationed at the Dead Sea during the 1980s lies about 65 feet out of the water and marks were the water line was about 30 years ago at the Dead Sea coastal resort near Ein Gedi, Israel. (Abir Sultan/EPA)
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An abandoned old work camp on the southern side of the Dead Sea. (Abir Sultan/EPA)
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A drying pool of the Dead Sea salt processing factory on the southern side of the Dead Sea. (Abir Sultan/EPA)
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A chair covered with salt stuck out of the sand at the Dead Sea coastal resort near Ein Gedi, Israel. According to media reports the Dead Sea water level is dropping with an average of 3 feet per year since the first water level measurements in 1927. (Abir Sultan/EPA)

Unrest in Yemen

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Army and police officers loyal to the Houthi movement shout slogans as they take part in a demonstration to show support to the movement in Sanaa Jan. 23. Yemen drifted deeper into political limbo on Friday after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned in exasperation at a Houthi rebel takeover of the country, a move that appeared to catch the Iran-backed group off balance. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)
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Houthi Shiite fighters wearing an army uniform ride on pickup vehicle as they guard a street during a demonstration to show support for their comrades in Sanaa, Yemen, Jan. 23. Thousands of protesters demonstrated Friday across Yemen, some supporting the Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the country's south secede after the nation's president and Cabinet resigned. (Hani Mohammed/Associated Press)
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Followers of the Houthi movement, with portraits of fellow followers who were killed during the recent conflict, demonstrate to show support to the movement in Sanaa Jan. 23 (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)
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Yemeni protesters shout slogans during a rally against the control of capital the by Shiite Huthi rebels on Jan 23, in the capital Sanaa. Yemen faced a dangerous power vacuum after its president announced his resignation over a deadly standoff with Huthi militias controlling the capital and lawmakers called an emergency weekend session. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)
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Houthi Shiite Yemeni carry coffins of fellow men killed during recent clashes with presidential guard forces, during their funeral procession in Sanaa, Yemen, Jan. 23. Shiite rebels have called on supporters to hold mass rallies, a day after the country's embattled president and Cabinet resigned. (Hani Mohammed/Associated Press)
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Followers of the Houthi movement demonstrate to show support to the movement in Sanaa Jan. 23. Yemen drifted deeper into political limbo on Friday after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned in exasperation at a Houthi rebel takeover of the country, a move that appeared to catch the Iran-backed group off balance. Hadi, a former general, blamed the Houthis' control of the capital Sanaa for impeding his attempt to steer Yemen toward stability after years of turmoil and tribal unrest, deepening poverty and U.S. drone strikes on Islamist militants. The banners read: "Allah is the greatest. Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews, victory to Islam". REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)
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Followers of the Houthi movement crowd as they demonstrate to show support to the movement in Sanaa Jan 23. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)
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A military helicopter hovers above as followers of the Houthi movement as they demonstrate to show support to the movement in Sanaa Jan. 23. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)
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Houthi Shiite Yemeni wearing army uniforms stand atop an armored vehicle, which was seized from the army during recent clashes, outside the house of Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in Sanaa, Yemen, Jan. 22. (Hani Mohammed/Associated Press)
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A Yemeni man sits at a market in Sanaa's old city on Jan. 22. Shiite militiamen maintained a tight grip on Yemen's capital with fighters deployed around the presidential palace despite a deal to end what authorities called a coup attempt. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)
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People gather at the site of an explosion in Sanaa Jan. 23. Two improvised explosive devices went off outside houses of Houthi families in Sanaa on Friday, but no casualties were reported, police said. (Khaled Abdullah/REuters)
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Tribal gunmen hold weapons apparently to protect their province from possible attacks by Shiite Houthi militias, in the oil-rich province of Marib, Yemen, Jan. 22. Reports state fighting erupted between Shiite Houthi militias and tribal gunmen in the oil-producing province of Marib. (Ali Mohammed/EPA)
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Members of the Yemeni presidential guards, wearing civilian clothes, leave the presidential palace with their belongings in Sanaa Jan. 21. Houthi fighters battled guards at the Yemeni president's private home and entered his palace on Tuesday, raising the stakes in a turbulent campaign for more political power that has enfeebled state authority and thrown the Arab state deeper into turmoil. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)
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Mirrors displayed at a market show the reflections of young Yemenis in Sanaa's old city on Jan. 22. Shiite militiamen maintained a tight grip on Yemen's capital with fighters deployed around the presidential palace. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)
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Houthi fighters ride a truck near the presidential palace in Sanaa Jan. 22. Yemen's Houthi rebels welcomed on Thursday proposed concessions by the government on power-sharing but their gunmen still held positions outside the residence of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who remains a virtual prisoner there. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)
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Houthi Shiite Yemeni gather while guarding a street leading to the presidential palace in Sanaa, Yemen, Jan. 20. Yemen's U.S.-backed leadership came under serious threat as government troops clashed with Shiite rebels near the presidential palace and a key military base in what one official called "a step toward a coup." (Hani Mohammed/Associated Press)
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A Houthi fighter (L) stops a member of the presidential guard wearing civilian clothes from entering the presidential palace in Sanaa Jan. 22. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)
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Houthi Shiite Yemeni chant slogans during clashes near the presidential palace in Sanaa, Yemen, Jan. 19. Rebel Shiite Houthis battled soldiers near Yemen's presidential palace and elsewhere across the capital, despite a claim of a cease-fire being reached to halt the violence, witnesses and officials said. (Hani Mohammed/Associated Press)