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For years now, governments around the world have been sinking large pieces of outdated or damaged equipment into the ocean, turning them into artificial reefs. Subway cars, naval ships, tanks and more rest on the sea floor, making homes for sea life and attracting divers. Artists have been busy as well, erecting underwater sculptures and memorials. Collected here are images from the past few years of some of these man-made reefs, both big and small. 25 retired tanks from the Thai military are loaded on a ship at Bangkok port, Thailand, on Friday, July 30, 2010. The tanks will be dumped into the Gulf of Thailand to serve as artificial reefs and as habitat for marine animals. The Spiegel Grove begins to roll, June 10, 2002, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo. The ship sunk upside-down prematurely May 17 and salvage crews worked for three weeks to get ready for June 10 rollover. The decommissioned aircraft carrier Oriskany is sunk off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, on Wednesday, May 17, 2006, to form an artificial reef. The 888-foot ship took about 37 minutes to sink below the surface.

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A young fighter of the Shabab shows his grenade on the road to the frontline near Ras Lanuf, Libya. The Shabab (meaning “youth’”) have taken part in the insurrection against the government of Muammar Qaddafi for more than a month. Philip Poupin, a photojournalist based in Afghanistan, has covered conflict and human rights issues for six years, most recently covering the conflict in Libya from the rebels’ side. “These pictures were taken before the coalition strikes on the frontline. It was during the retreat of the Rebels before the allies decided to help them to avoid a massacre.” Now out of Libya for the time being, he writes, ” I wanted to stress the Youth who first went to the streets to chase the regime of Qaddafi,” before seizing weapons and launching civil war. Photographing the “mobile frontline” has been one of the most intense experiences of his life. “Rockets and bombs were firing around my head. I could clearly hear the whistle of the round passing by a few meters away. Two times I saw big rounds landing some 20 meters next to me but they did not explode. One landed in the sand and rebounded like a rugby ball. I have been in firefights before, like in Afghanistan and the Congo. But nothing compared with this one where both sides fight with artillery and very few with … kalashnikovs.”

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Day of the Dead is a tradition that honors deceased loved ones and coincides with All Saints Day and All Souls Day on Nov. 1 and 2. Young revellers take part in a parade called "La Calabiuza" on November 01, 2010, on the eve of the Day of the Dead, in Tonacatepeque, 20 km (16 miles) north of San Salvador. During the celebration, the residents of Tonacatepeque, originally an indigeneus community, recall the characters of the mythology of Cuzcatlan -- pre-Columbian west and central regions of El Salvador -- and their dead relatives. A woman puts bread offerings over the tomb of her daughter at Villa Ingenio cemetery in El Alto, 25 km west of La Paz, on November 2, 2010. People visit deceased loved ones at a cemetery on Day of the Dead in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday Nov. 2, 2010.

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At the end of 1950’s there was a strong shortage of aircraft engineering personnel at many of aircraft factories. Thus, an idea of establishing a department of aircraft construction at Novosibirsk Electronical Technical Institute was put forward. Currently there are as many as six departments in the structure of the aircraft construction faculty, and they are: aerohydrodynamics, gas-dynamic impulse devices, environment problems connected with engineering, aircraft construction, flying machines durability and engineering thermophysics. Aircraft construction department laboratory is one of the most impressive ones in the whole institute. So, let’s have a look at this. Aircraft construction department was established in 1959. During this time there were more than 3,000 experts trained who now work at one of the best-known technical and engineering institutions of the country. As early as from the fourth year students can apply for an internship and get a job over there after their graduation. The department gives a unique opportunity to study according to a special and individual curriculum which allows to devote much attention to the subject that a student will be required to have for their job-to-be.

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Back in August, 1995, Russian IL-76TD RA-76842 plane was captured by the militants from Taliban movement. Along with the plane an aircrew was also captured (8 people.) And today the story is going to go about this plane. IL-76 was owned by a private airlines from Kazan called Aerostan. The plane was subleased out by the Afghan government and was shipping ammunition supplies en-route Tirana-Sharjah-Kabul. The cargo was conforming with all norms of ICAO and was permitted for shipping. It was not their first flight to Kabul; special radio waves didn’t air any prohibitions or limitations for the flight. Everything was going alright. But over Afghanistan territory, while the plane was 8,000 meters high, it was captured by MIG-21 fighter jet which was owned by Taliban movement. A short time after the plane was forced to land at the airport of Kandahar city. No sooner than a year passed, 378 days if to be exact, before Russian pilots managed to make an outraging runaway; they played upon a silly blunt of security who allowed them to start repairing the plane. They were acting as sharp and consistently as ever: engineers were shutting the loading ramp, a pilot was starting engines and a radio operator was checking radio lines. Behavior or the air crew didn’t attract a bit of security’s attention. Maybe just the loading ramp made them somewhat uneasy. Slowly but firmly they were heading their way to a take-off which was too short. It’s not a fast thing to speed up a huge aircraft with some militants chasing you on a military car. But another capturing didn’t work this time and the plane got off from the last meter of the runway.

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The nation's largest fireworks show lit up the sky in a burst of red, white and blue over the Hudson River straddling New York and New Jersey on Sunday, a scene that was repeated in hundreds of communities in a sizzling end to a scorching day for much of the U.S. Budget cuts forced some communities to pull the plug on the pyrotechnics, but the gigantic Macy's fireworks show went on as planned on Manhattan's West Side, where it moved in 2009 after eight years on the East River. In Washington, vendors with stocked coolers hawked "cold," ''ice cold," and even "super cold" bottles of water along Constitution Avenue. There was a long line for watermelon -- $3 for a huge wedge -- and near the Washington Monument, firefighters and U.S. Park Police officers sprayed hoses into the crowd. Fireworks explode over Washington as the United States celebrates its 234th birthday, Sunday, July 4, 2010. Seen from left is the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. Rain begins to fall, as the city of Flagler Beach starts their fireworks display, in Flagler Beach, Fl., Saturday, July 3, 2010. Fireworks explode in the night sky over the Anadarko tower Sunday, July 4, 2010 in The Woodlands, Texas as residents gathered along The Woodlands Waterway to celebrate the Independence Day.

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Each month, National Geographic magazine features breathtaking photographs in Visions of Earth. Browse through visions of the world as seen through a photographer's eye. Brandenburg is balmy if you’re in Tropical Islands, a theme park housed in a 710,000-square-foot former aircraft hangar. Although the temperature in this pleasure dome is a perpetual 79°F, light levels vary due to a section of transparent roof panels. A Eurasian beaver heads for her lodge in the Loire River, hauling a poplar branch for supper. A century ago hunting had nearly wiped out this species: Just 1,200 were left. Today a million of these protected rodents thrive, mostly in Europe. Champion strong man Gregor Edmunds lets fly a 16-pound shafted hammer at the Cowal Highland Gathering. The annual three-day event in Dunoon—featuring traditional games, music, and dancing—is open to international competitors.

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“Drawn to Water: A Floating Photographic Exhibition” is a new photo exhibition series aboard New York’s East River Ferries. It’s a collaborative project between the East River Ferry and United Photo Industries (UPI). UPI is also a part of Photoville, a summer pop-up photo destination in Brooklyn Bridge Park. “Drawn to Water” will run for 4 months with a new set of exhibitions every month. The first edition is currently on view through June 28 featuring three different artists work. “Underwater Creatures” is a series of shots of aquatic animals in their natural environs by David Doubilet, Stephen Mallon’s “Next Stop: Atlantic” and Joni Sternbach’s “SurfLand.” Be sure to tell all of your out-of-town visitors to check it out.

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