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The Year's Best Aerial Photos!

Today's satellite photos are becoming more detailed and clear than ever. They used to be these black and white fuzzy photos, where you could maybe identify a country or a continent. These days, you can see all the way down to street level. And this year, they've caught some truly beautiful and awesome sights from way up there, have a look!

Tokyo, Japan - Skytree, tallest self supported structure in Asia 

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Monte Carlo, Monaco - annual yacht show

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Antarctica - calving shown

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Koolan Island, Australia - iron ore mine

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Bahrain - grid pattern on the sea floor

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Subi Reef, China - controversial construction of a possible landing strip, buildings, and wharfs

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Chile - Chuquicamata copper min

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Chile - Andes, Puntiagudo-Cordón Cenizos volcanic chain

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Sandouping, China - Three Gorges Dam

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Italy - Costa Concordi

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Japan - Mt. Fuji, highest peak in Japan

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Greenland - Petermann Glacier, massive icebergs calve

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Nevada - Burning Man festival

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Jacobabad, Pakistan - flood, false color image (dark blue and black = water)

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New Mexico - Space Shuttle Endeavour atop a 747

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Homs, Syria - pipeline fire

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London, UK - Olympic village

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Northern England - mine sculpture known as "The Lady of the North"

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Reading, Vermont - fall colors

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Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City - easter

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