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The Eye of Sauron
The fires of Mordor
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Sarychev Peak Volcano As Seen From ISS

Pyroclastic flows can be seen tumbling down its slope via The Big Picture
Pyroclastic flows can be seen tumbling down its slope via The Big Picture

Civil Unrest in Teheran

Protesteres in Iran unhappy with the results of the sham election
Protesteres in Iran unhappy with the results of the sham election

President Barack Obama’s Inauguration

Vertie Hodge, 74, via The Big Picture
Vertie Hodge, 74, via The Big Picture

Balls in Reservoir

Plastic balls are released into a reservoir to protect it from sunlight
Plastic balls are released into a reservoir to protect it from sunlight

Workers from the Department of Water and Power empty bales of plastic balls into the Ivanhoe reservoir in LA. A total of 400K 4-inch balls were released, the first of about 3 million to cover the entire 7 acres of the reservoir to protect it from sunlight. If sunlight combines with bromide and chlorine, a carcinogen named bromate can be formed.