The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a world-famous thoroughfare in Paris, France. Located in the city's 8th arrondissement, it runs for 1.2 miles (1.9 km) between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. It is known for its theatres, cafés and luxury shops, for the annual Bastille Day military parade, and as the finish of the Tour de France cycle race. Paris, along with much of Western Europe, is currently experiencing an unprecedented heat wave. On Thursday, temperatures in Paris reached 108.6 degrees Fahrenheit (42.6 degrees Celsius), breaking a record from 1947.

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Mount Batur is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas on the island of Bali, Indonesia. Even though Batur's most recent eruption was in 2000, its surrounding calderas are populated and contain a total of 15 villages. Most locals here rely on agriculture for income, but tourism has become increasingly popular as visitors trek to the summit of the central crater.

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The urban plan of the L’Eixample district in Valencia, Spain, is characterized by long straight streets, a strict grid pattern crossed by wide avenues, and apartments with communal courtyards. A similar layout was used for the district of the same name in Barcelona.

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The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array — also known as ALMA — is a group of 66 radio telescopes in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. At 16,000 feet (5,000 m) above sea level, the telescopes observe electromagnetic radiation and are expected to provide detailed imaging of local star and planet formation. ALMA is an international partnership among Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Chile.

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Greater Vancouver is the most populous metropolitan area in British Columbia, Canada, with roughly 2.5 million residents. Officially known as the Metro Vancouver Regional District, it comprises 21 municipalities, one electoral area and one Treaty First Nation. As seen in this Overview, the area is bisected by the Fraser River, which travels 854 miles (1,375 km) through British Columbia before emptying into the Pacific Ocean -- depositing 20 million tons of sediment per year.

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Wastewater is pumped away from the Bełchatów Power Station in Gmina Kleszczów, Poland. Located near the city of Łódź in central Poland, Bełchatów is the world’s largest lignite-fired power station and its second largest fossil-fuel power station. In 2007, the World Wide Fund for Nature ranked it as Europe’s highest absolute carbon dioxide emitter, with 30.1 million tonnes of emissions per year.

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This Overview shows two star-shaped office buildings in a business park in Oak Brook, Illinois. A suburb of Chicago, Oak Brook has served as home to the headquarters of several notable companies and organizations including: Ace Hardware, Blistex, McDonald’s, Ferrara Candy and Lions Clubs International.

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Jökulsarlón — or “glacial river lagoon” in English — is a large glacial lake in southeastern Iceland. Located next to the massive Vatnajökull glacier, the lagoon is formed as chunks of glacial ice melt before meeting the Atlantic Ocean. Sixty years ago, when the glacier reached all the way to the shore, Jökulsárlón did not exist; but since the 1970s it has more than quadrupled in size.

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Freight train cars, casting long shadows, are seen in at Inman Yard in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The facility is operated by Norfolk Southern and serves as one of the major freight hubs on its network that extends for more than 36,000 miles (57,936 km) in the United States.

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Swirling patterns of grass and farmland cover the landscape outside of Bellevue, Iowa, USA. Bellevue is located in the southernmost corner of the Driftless Area, a portion of North America that escaped all three phases of the Wisconsonian Glaciation. Because of this, its rugged hills and valleys contrast with the rest of Iowa's low-lying terrain.

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Cactus Dome is a concrete structure built over a nuclear crater on Runit Island in the Marshall Islands. Debris inside the crater comes from six nearby islands, where the United States performed nuclear tests between 1946 and 1958. The dome, known locally as "The Tomb," is 377 feet (115 m) in diameter, 18 inches (46 cm) thick, and encapsulates an estimated 95,000 cubic yards (73,000 cubic m) of radioactive debris.

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Gamla Stan, known as "The Town Between the Bridges," is the old town of Stockholm, Sweden. It dates back to the 13th century and consists of medieval alleyways, cobbled streets and archaic architecture. Gamla Stan is home to many Swedish tourist attractions, including Stockholm Cathedral, the Nobel Museum, and Kungliga slottet — Sweden's Royal Palace.

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Port Hedland is the largest iron ore loading port in Australia and one of the largest in the world. Located in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, the port recorded a throughput of more than 519 million tonnes between 2017 and 2018. On December 27, 2017, Port Hedland had its record tonnage on a single tide when eight vessels carried 1,589,061 tonnes through its waters.

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Residential development is seen here in Bethel Island, California, located roughly 60 miles (96 km) south of Sacramento. This community, known as Delta Coves, will feature homes with private boat docks and waterway access to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. When complete, the first wave of 494 luxury homes will range in price from $700,000 to $1.2 million.

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Agricultural development is seen on the plain of Fucino in Italy. The area is known for the quality of the vegetables that are grown here — in particular the potatoes, carrots, and radishes. What is now an entire plain filled with farms was once Fucine Lake, the third largest lake in Italy. The lake was drained in 1877 to make farming possible here and now accounts for roughly 25% of the agricultural production in the region.

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