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February 3, 2010

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This image provided by NASA shows man-made archipelagos near Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Palm Island (l.) was started in 2001 and required more than 1.7 billion cubic feet of dredged sand to create the land above the Persian Gulf sea level. The creation of the 200 World Islands (r.) was started in 2003 and used 11 billion cubic feet of sand and 37 million tons of rock for the protective breakwater.

PHOTO: NASA/AP

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