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Pictures of the year: Environment
By Reuters -
Debris is pictured in Bento Rodigues district which was covered with mud after a dam owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd burst, in Mariana, Brazil, November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
Smoke and ash rise from the Calbuco volcano as seen from the city of Puerto Montt, Chile April 22, 2015. REUTERS/Rafael Arenas 
A person takes pictures amid smog in front of a church in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Thick ash rises from Mount Sinabung volcano during an eruption as seen from Kuta Tengah village in Karo Regency, North Sumatra province, Indonesia June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Beawiharta 
Tourists stand in front of huts that form part of the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort where a turtle digs for food amongst the coral of the Great Barrier Reef in the island's lagoon, northeast of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 9, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray 
An excavator removes a dead bear at the zoo after animals escaped during floods in Tbilisi, Georgia, June 17, 2015. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili 
A vehicle partially submerged in dry mud is pictured in an area that was hit by floods at Chanaral town, Chile April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado 
A partially frozen American Falls is seen in sub-freezing temperatures in Niagara Falls, Ontario February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Lindsay DeDario
Buffalo escape a fire, which spread to the Yamuna river, on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India, June 9, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee 
An aerial view shows people traveling along a road inside the Danxia National Geological Park, in Zhangye, Gansu province, China, July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Sheng Li  
Solar powered lights are pictured along the Hoernli ridge on the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland, July 13, 2015. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse 
Huge areas of dry ground, which would be under water when the lake is full, are seen at Lake Powell near Page, Arizona, May 26, 2015. Lake Powell on the Colorado River provides water for Nevada, Arizona and California. A severe drought in recent years, combined with withdrawals that many believe are not sustainable, has reduced its levels to only about 42 percent of its capacity. REUTERS/Rick Wilking 
The Shanghai World Financial Center (R) and Jin Mao Tower skyscrapers are seen during heavy rain at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, China May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song  
Plants grow on houses in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan, China July 26, 2015. Just a handful of people still live in a village on Shengshan Island east of Shanghai that was once home to more than 2,000 fishermen. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 
An aerial view of the Rio Doce (Doce River), which was flooded with mud after a dam owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd burst, at an area where the river joins the sea on the coast of Espirito Santo in Regencia Village, Brazil, November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
Homes with swimming pools are seen in the Palm Springs area, California during the state's fourth year of severe drought April 13, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson 
A Qantas Boeing 737-800 plane flies through heavy rain as a storm moves towards the city of Sydney, Australia, November 6, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray 
Salt pans and dams are scattered across drought-affected farmland in South Australia, November 12, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray 
The 'Milky Way' is seen in the night sky over rocks in the White Desert north of the Farafra Oasis southwest of Cairo, Egypt May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh 
A child jokes in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil June 3, 2015. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly 
A lobster covered in oil is seen along the coast of Refugio State Beach after a pipeline ruptured, spilling 21,000 gallons of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, in Goleta, California, May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson 
Mass lightning bolts light up night skies by the Daggett airport from monsoon storms passing over the high deserts, north of Barstow, California July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Gene Blevins 
An abandoned department store is seen flooded in Bangkok, Thailand January 13, 2015. Rainwater has flooded the ground floor of the roofless New World department store, which closed in 1997. Local vendors released thousands of fish such as catfishes, fancy carps and black and red tilapias in an attempt to control mosquitoes in the area, local media reported. Staff from Bangkok Metropolitan Administration office decided to remove the fish and release the water. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom 
A woman walks on the sand at low tide around the Mont Saint-Michel 11th century abbey off France's Normandy coast March 21, 2015. At the Mont Saint-Michel, where some of the biggest tides in the world occur, visitors gathered to watch the tide disappear out of sight, exposing areas of beach and rock visible only every 18 years. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol