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Earth Day 2013: Stunning images of our planet

Last updated on: April 22, 2013 15:53 IST

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Revealing the splendour of Mother Earth through ten amazing photographs from across the world.

As 192 countries across the world celebrate Earth Day 2013 today, we bring you a glimpse of our beautiful planet as seen through the eyes of some of the finest photographers in the world.

First up, the moon is pictured above Earth in this handout photo courtesy of Col Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency.

Also read: Earth Day 2013: Google doodles for the planet


Photographs: Col. Chris Hadfield/Handout/CSA/Reuters

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People pull their sledges as they enjoy a sunny day at the snow covered Feldberg mountain, 20km from Frankfurt.

Photographs: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

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Daffodils are pictured with the London Eye behind them after days of wintery weather, in central London.

Photographs: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

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Residents and tourists relax at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Photographs: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

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A lion is seen early morning at Nairobi's National Park. The park is located just 7 km from the Kenya's capital city centre.

Photographs: Marko Djurica/Reuters
Tags: Nairobi , Kenya

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A woman walks through snow covered Mlociny Park following heavy snow fall in Warsaw. Following a chilly and snowy Holy Week, more snow blanketed the country earlier this month.

Photographs: Peter Andrews/Reuters

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A llama stands next to a cactus growing on Incahuasi Island above the Uyuni salt lake, which holds the world's largest reserve of lithium, located at 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above sea level in southwestern Bolivia.

Argentina, Chile and Bolivia hold the planet's largest reserves of lithium, the world's lightest metal and a key component in batteries used to power a range of technologies from cell phones to laptops to electric cars. Industrial production from countries in this so-called 'lithium triangle' is already high.

Chile is the world's leading source of the metal, turning out around 40 percent of global supply, and Argentina is also a significant producer. Output from the Andes may soon rise after Bolivia -- the country that holds an estimated 50 percent of the world's lithium reserves -- opened its first lithium pilot plant in January last year.

Photographs: David Mercado/Reuters

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Stella Ferruzola, 3, poses with a Blue Morpho butterfly on her nose at the Sensational Butterflies Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London.

Photographs: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

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A view from Germany's highest mountain the 2,962 metre (9,718 feet) Zugspitze, shows fog covered mountain summits on a sunny Spring day in the Bavarian village of Grainau.

Photographs: Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

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And finally, we have this picture of  air pollution levels in the sky over Tiananmen Square during the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing is seen in this combination picture taken on the dates March 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 15 (L-R) in 2013. 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged on March 17, 2013 that his government would 'show even greater resolve' in tackling China's festering pollution crisis, a source of increasing public fury. Air quality in Beijing has mostly stayed above 'very unhealthy' and 'hazardous' levels since the beginning of this year.

Photographs: Wei Yao/Reuters

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