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Picture of the Day – 8/23/12

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spews large clouds of gas and ash near Banos, about 178 km (110 miles) south of Quito August 19, 2012. The authorities are encouraging residents living near the volcano to evacuate due to increased activity of the volcano, according to local media. The Tungurahua volcano has been in an active state since October 1999. REUTERS/Carlos Campana

In Ecuador, the active Tungurahua volcano has been spewing ash for the last few days.  The volcano, which is classified as active, is about 90 miles south of the capital, Quito.  Tungurahua, in the past, acts on an 80-100 year eruption cycle, with the last major one coming between 1916-18; this means that the volcano is due to start another one relatively soon.

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Picture of the Day – 8/22/12

A loggerhead turtle hatchling makes it's way to the surf, as tourists and volunteers look on, at South Litchfield Beach along the coast of South Carolina August 17, 2012. South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts (SCUTE), is a group of volunteers dedicated to sea turtle conservation in Georgetown and Horry counties. Turtle volunteers walk the area's beaches along South Carolina's coast daily during the nesting season, looking for signs of turtle activity and keeping tabs on the progress of the endangered species of turtles that lay their eggs along the coast. REUTERS/Randall Hill

As a group of South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts (SCUTE) volunteers watches on, a baby loggerhead turtle makes its way to the ocean, after hatching on the beach.  These loggerhead turtles, an endangered species in the United States, are watched over by the SCUTE as they hatch, both the ensure their survival on their way to the ocean, and to keep track of when and where the turtles hatch.

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Picture of the Day – 8/21/12

Lightning strikes over a house during a thunderstorm in the northern Swiss town of Muellheim August 20, 2012. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

In today’s incredible picture, taken by Reuters photographer Arnd Wiegmann, lightning flashes over a house in rural Switzerland.  Whereas the weather across the United States is substantially drier than normal, Europe isn’t experiencing the same drastic weather and climate problems.

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Picture of the Day – 8/20/12

A firefighting tanker plane drops fire retardant on homes threatened by the Taylor Creek Fire outside Cle Elum, Washington, August 15, 2012. Wildfires roared out of control across the sun-scorched U.S. West and threatened to roll into two small towns in Idaho as firefighters managed to partially dampen a monster blaze that has destroyed 60 homes in Washington state. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo

As record-breaking heat and high winds continue to plague the Western United States, more wildfires have run out of control.  In Idaho and Nevada, where the Trinity Ridge Fire threatens the resort town of Featherville and has burned over 82,000 acres, the fires are being controlled by planes like the one seen in today’s picture, which dump fire retardants over the burning areas.  Read more about the fires in this Reuters article.

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Picture of the Day – 8/17/12

A protester licks his spear outside a South African mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, August 16, 2012. South African police opened fire on Thursday against thousands of striking miners armed with machetes and sticks at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine, leaving several bloodied corpses lying on the ground.A Reuters cameraman said he saw at least seven bodies after the shooting, which occurred when police laying out barricades of barbed wire were outflanked by some of an estimated 3,000 miners massed on a rocky outcrop near the mine, 100 km (60 miles) northwest of Johannesburg. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

In today’s picture, a protesting miner in South Africa licks his spear during protests surrounding a platinum mine.  Other protestors, armed with machetes and sticks, gathered outside the mine 200 miles northwest of Johannesburg to go on strike over pay wages.  In a shocking response, police opened fire on the protest, shooting and killing 34 protesters.  Read the Reuters article for more.

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Picture of the Day – 8/16/12

People watch as Drumpal Choudhary, 11, a street performer, performs his tricks on a street in Kathmandu August 15, 2012. Drumpal and his siblings Shivani and Gchan, who came to Kathmandu from India 5 years ago, earn their living by performing tricks on the streets of Kathmandu. According to Drumpal they earn around $10 a day by performing tricks, which is not enough to feed their 10-member family living together in a small hut without a proper toilet or any basic needs. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

In Nepal, an 11 year-old street performer attempts a handstands and other break-dancing type tricks for spectators.  The performer and his siblings make their living by performing tricks, but they only earn around $10 a day, not enough to feed the 10-member family living in his house.

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Picture of the Day – 8/15/12

U.S. President Barack Obama walks with Jeff (L) and Richard (R) Heil on the Heil Family Farm, a wind farm, while in Haverhill, Iowa, August 14, 2012.  REUTERS/Larry Downing

As election season heats up in the United States, President Obama starts his campaigning across the country, as seen here at a wind farm in Havervill, Iowa.  The Heil Family Farm, which hosted President Obama on his bus tour around Iowa, was one of many stops by the President, who also went to a local shaved ice restaurant before holding a campaign rally.

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Picture of the Day – 8/14/12

A meteor (top) streaks past stars in the night sky above Lake Geneva and the Mont-Blanc, at the Mont-Tendre near Montricher in the Jura, north of Geneva, late August 10, 2012. The Perseid meteor shower is sparked every August when the Earth passes through a stream of space debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The three lines on the bottom of the sky are aircrafts. Picture taken with a long exposure. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Every year between July and August, the Perseid meteor showers light up the night sky in the Northern Hemisphere, putting on a show for those who wait up long enough to see them in full force.  In this picture, by using a long exposure, the natural beauty of the meteors is exemplified as they pass above Switzerland.

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Picture of the Day – 8/13/12

Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) introduces U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his vice-presidential running mate during a campaign event at the retired battleship USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia, August 11, 2012.  REUTERS/Jason Reed

In a stunning decision, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate during the upcoming United States election.  Ryan, who is best know for his controversial budget bill, which passed the House of Representatives on partisan lines, is presumed to help the Romney camp in key swing states as the November elections draw nearer.

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Picture of the Day – 8/10/12

This Picasso-like self portrait of NASA's Curiosity rover, released by NASA August 8, 2012, was taken by its Navigation cameras, located on the now-upright mast. The camera snapped pictures 360-degrees around the rover, while pointing down at the rover deck, up and straight ahead. Those images are shown here in a polar projection. Most of the tiles are thumbnails, or small copies of the full-resolution images that have not been sent back to Earth yet. REUTERS/NASA/JPL

In this amazing “self-portrait”-like photo, the Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars last week, used its camera to take a panoramic picture of itself.  The successful landing prompted cheers around the world, as people hope the rover will complete its primary mission of determining whether or not Mars would be suitable for sustaining life.

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