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World's 25 most powerful landscape PHOTOS

Last updated on: May 15, 2012 12:04 IST

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Sheep grazing on a field are seen at the "Crete Senesi" (Siennese clays) area near Asciano October 6, 2011. The Crete Senesi, located in the Italian region of Tuscany to the south of Siena, consists of an untouched natural landscape of hills and woods. Some 2.5 million years ago, the area was covered by the  Pliocene sea and the clay, with a distinctive grey colouring that contributes to the "lunar" appearance of the landscape, represent the sediments left behind. Picture taken October 6, 2011.

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Photographs: Max Rossi/Reuters

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A development is seen on one of the islands of The World Islands project in Dubai January 7, 2012. The World Islands is located approximately 4 km (2.5 miles) off the coast of Jumeirah. The collection of man-made islands are shaped into the continents of the world, and will consist of 300 small private artificial islands divided into four categories - private homes, estate homes, dream resorts, and community islands, according to the development company Nakheel Properties Group.

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Photographs: Jumana El Heloueh/Reuters

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Two farmers walk on a terraced paddy field in Gaopo township, Guiyang city, southwest China's Guizhou province, September 20, 2005. Thanks to the government's favourable policies such as scrapping agricultural tax, Chinese farmers have found it pays to farm. Compared to last year, sown areas are expected to grow by 2 million hectares this year, state media reported. Picture taken September 20, 2005.

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Photographs: Reuters

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View of the desert near the city of Bourem, nothern Mali August 6, 2003.

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Photographs: Reuters
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Workers harvest cranberries the Atoka cranberry farm in Manseau, Quebec, September 27, 2006.     

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Photographs: Mathieu Belanger/Reuters

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A local farmer leads a row of camels at a tourism resort of the Kumtag Desert in Shanshan county, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region October 4, 2007. Kumtag desert has been developed as a tourist resort where visitors can have a full view of the magnificence of the desert without actually venturing out into it, local media reported. Picture taken October 4, 2007.

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Photographs: China Daily/Reuters

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A boy jumps into Lake Cerknica July 11, 2010. The lake is the largest intermittent lake in Europe.

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Photographs: Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

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The world's largest salt flat, the Salar de Uyuni, is seen from Incahuasi island in the south of Bolivia at 3676 meters above mean sea level, August 21, 2008.

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Photographs: Jorge Silva/Reuters

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Vehicles travel along the destroyed landscape after the earthquake and tsunami in Minamisanriku City, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 17, 2011.  

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Photographs: Kyodo/Reuters

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Climbers trek on Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier near the city of El Calafate, in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, December 16, 2009. Scientists warn that glaciers in the Andes are melting because of the effects of climate change. According to studies, these accumulations of ice are thawing at a pace so fast that they could disappear in 25 years. 

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Photographs: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

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A local resident walks on a dried-up riverbed at Huangyangchuan reservoir in Lanzhou, Gansu province July 16, 2009. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke visit China this week to press China to join with the United States in stepped-up efforts to fight global warming.

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Photographs: China Daily/Reuters

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Freshly cut wheat stands under approaching storm clouds on a property owned by farmer Scott Wason near Roma, 430 km (267 miles) west of Brisbane, October 29, 2011. With a surge of popular support for measures ranging from more regulation to an outright ban on drilling, the coal-seam gas industry, an industry spreading rapidly across the Australian landscape, faces the prospect of project delays, higher costs and even blockades that have already succeeded in delaying drilling. Picture taken October 29, 2011.

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Photographs: Tim Wimborne/Reuters

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Rice is planted in graceful terraced paddies near Jatiluwih in central Bali August 11, 2003. Rice plays an important role in Balinese life, eaten at almost every meal and prepared as an offering to the gods in temples across the country.

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Photographs: Tim Wimborne/Reuters

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Newlyweds Bart Swaan (L) and Greet Oostvogels from Belgium take a bath in a hotspring in the Sajama national park, one of 22 natural reserves in Bolivia, located some 250 km southwest of La Paz, April 14, 2010. Picture taken April 14.   

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Photographs: David Mercado/Reuters

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A pigeon flies over New York March 3, 2009. 

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Photographs: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

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The buildings of downtown Vancouver (background) and apartment buildings of the North Shore rise above an afternoon fog over ther harbour August 29, 2001.

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Photographs: Andy Clark/Reuters
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Balloons fly across the Bristol city centre during the 2006 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in southwest England August 8, 2006. The four day annual event includes concerts and mass balloon launches.    

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Photographs: Kieran Doherty/Reuters

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A general view of lightning striking over the city of Kobe in Japan May 26, 2002.

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Photographs: Dan Chung/Reuters
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A rock sand formation is seen in the El Cuzco region of the Tatacoa Desert in southwest Colombia December 7, 2009. Considered one of Colombia's most attractive natural landscapes, the Tatacoa is an important tourist destination. Picture taken December 7.  

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Photographs: Jose Miguel Gomez/Reuters

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Workers harvest soy in a farm in Mato Grosso March 26, 2009. Mato Grosso is Brazil's top soy producer, churning out an annual harvest of about 18 milion tonnes. Field of emerald green line the highways, stretching out to horizons so flat  they look drawn with a ruler. Picture taken March 26, 2009.  

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Photographs: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

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A mass of ice broken off from the Upsala glacier floats on the waters of Lago Argentino in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, southwest of Argentina in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, March 27, 2007. The Upsala glacier, one of the largest in the southern hemisphere, has a wall of ice of more than 60 meters (197 feet) above the water surface, is 60 km (37 miles) long and has a total surface of 595 square km (232 square miles). According to Argentine scientist Jorge Rabassa, the Patagonian glaciers are being affected by climate change and probably by between 2020 and 2030, most of them will be gone.   

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Photographs: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters

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Istanbul's financial district, Levent district, which comprises of leading Turkish companies' headquarters and popular shopping malls, is seen from the observation deck of Sapphire Tower in Istanbul January 30, 2012. The 261 metres high (285.4 yards) Sapphire Tower of Istanbul is the country's highest building. Picture was taken through glass.

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Photographs: Murad Sezer/Reuters

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Tourists explore sand dunes in the Mauritanian desert near the capital Nouakchott July 29, 2005.

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Photographs: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

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A typical landscape in the Val d'Orcia close to the Tuscan town of Montalcino in central Italy, September 22, 2004.The famous Brunello di Montalcino wine is produced from grapes grown at vineyards in the area.

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Photographs: Max Rossi/Reuters

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A dead tree behind a barbed-wire fence stands in the drought-effected farming area of the McLaren Vale region in South Australia, 80 kilometers south-east of Adelaide December 8, 2006. Living in the world's driest inhabited continent, Australians are used to wild schemes promising deliverance from drought and precious water. But with Government officials saying last month that the drought gripping Australia could be the worst in 1000 years, emergency plans are being drawn up to secure long-term water supplies to towns and cities. Previously it was thought that the drought effecting more than half the country's farmlands was the worst in just 100 years, and with rivers disappearing and a searing spring, desperate farmers are being asked to pack up and open a "new agricultural frontier" in the tropical north.      

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Photographs: David Gray/Reuters

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