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Image: Winter at the zoo

A pelican sits in the water during snowfall at the zoo in Frankfurt, Germany, on Feb. 19. Winter has returned to Hesse with snow and freezing temperatures.

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A skier sets off from the peak of Mount Aigba in the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, about 30 miles from Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi, on Feb. 13. With a year to go until the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, construction work continues as tests events and World Championship competitions are underway.

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The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island remain closed for over three months after Hurricane Sandy caused unprecedented damage to both islands, seen here on Feb. 11. No date has been set for their reopening.

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A boy dressed up as Momotxorro, a local mythical animal, walks in the snow during carnival celebrations in Alsasua, northern Spain, on Feb. 12.

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Costumed revellers walk on St. Mark's square as it snows during the carnival on Feb. 11, in Venice, Italy.

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Image: Major Snowstorm Bears Down On New York City

Children sled in Central Park on Feb. 9, in New York City. The park received almost a foot of snow, as New York was spared the worst of the massive snow storm that hit the U.S. Northeast.

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Friends Dela, 8, left, and Charlotte, 8, slide down stairs in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 9. Residents started to clean up after a massive snow storm dumped up to three feet of snow on parts of the Northeast.

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A woman digs out her car after it was blocked in by drifting snow during a blizzard, on Feb. 9, in Portland, Maine. The storm dumped more than 30 inches of snow as of Saturday afternoon.

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Two women look for a taxi in the snow in New York City's Times Square, on Feb. 8. The storm was forecast to bring the heaviest snow to the densely-populated northeast corridor so far this winter, threatening power and transport links for tens of millions of people and the major cities of Boston and New York.

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A man prays at a temple as it snows in Shanghai on Feb. 7, ahead of the Lunar New Year.

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A young girl is pictured with her dog and a pony as it snows near Warsaw, Poland, on Feb. 7.

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A woman jogs over snow-covered meadows on the banks of the Elbe river in Dresden, Germany, on Feb. 6.

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Image: Children pour cold water on themselves during regular exercises in Krasnoyarsk

Kindergarteners pour cold water on themselves under the watch of fitness coach Margarita Filimonova (right), with the temperature at about minus 9.4 degrees Fahrenheit, in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on Feb. 5. The program, which also involves sports training, sauna usage and which has been practiced by the kindergarten for 15 years, improves health and keeps children fit. Children start pouring cold water on themselves outdoors after about three years of training and undergoing medical tests, while the kindergarten is the only one in the region which uses these exercises, according to employees.

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Two men ride their sled during the traditional Schnablerrennen sled race in Gaissach, Germany, on Jan. 27. Over 100 costumed sled racers took part in the traditional event. The race is held annually on sleighs formerly used to bring down hay or logs from the mountains.

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Image: Water drips from icicles along the Oude Gracht canal in Utrecht

Water drips from icicles along the Oude Gracht canal in Utrecht on Jan. 25.

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A passerby takes photos of the fountain at Bryant Park in New York on Jan. 25 as the arctic air has turned the fountain into an ice sculpture. The fountain was installed at the east side of Bryant Park in 1913 and then in 1936 was moved to the west side of the park.

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Ostriches crowd in an open-air cage at the ostrich farm in the Belarus village of Kozishche, some 185 miles southwest of Minsk, on Jan. 24

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Erin Leighton sips a coffee while seated next to a frost-covered window at a coffee shop, on Jan. 24, in Portland, Maine. An arctic cold front with sub-zero temperatures continues to grip the region.

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Image: UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

Tim Coulson, huntmaster at the Lauderdale Hunt, exercises hounds in the snow at Scarce Law on Jan. 21 in Lauder, Scotland.

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Jan Matura of the Czech Republic flies over Sapporo City on his way to victory during day one of the FIS Men's Ski Jumping World Cup at Okurayama Jump Stadium on Jan. 19 in Sapporo, Japan.

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Japanese traditional wooden housesâ Gassho zukuri, are lit up in the snow-covered village of Shirakawa in Gifu prefecture, central Japan on Jan. 19. The Gassho zukuri farmhouses were listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1995, and the village will be illuminated until Feb. 16.

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A Belarus Orthodox believer plunges into icy waters as a priest blesses him on the eve of the Epiphany holiday in Pilnitsa some 20 miles outside Minsk, on Jan. 18. Thousands of believers jumped into holes cut in ice, braving freezing temperatures, on Jan. 18 and early on Jan. 19 to mark Epiphany, when they take part in a baptism ceremony.

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Image: Severe Weather Conditions Continue Throughout The UK

People share a sled as they take advantage of the snow covering the Bath Approach Golf Course besides Victoria Park on Jan. 18 in Bath, England.

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Sabine Conrad plays with her French sheepdog El Lobo in front of the snow covered skyline of Erfurt, central Germany, on Jan. 17.

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Image: Ruslan, 35, loads blocks of ice onto a truck outside Yakutsk

Ruslan, 35, loads blocks of ice onto a truck outside Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, northeast Russia, on Jan. 17. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere have been recorded in Sakha, the location of the Oymyakon valley, where according to the United Kingdom Met Office a temperature of -90 degrees Fahrenheit was registered in 1933 - the coldest on record in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century. Yet despite the harsh climate, people live in the valley, and the area is equipped with schools, a post office, a bank, and even an airport runway (albeit open only in the summer).

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Hoar frost forms on the branches of a shrub, on Jan. 16, in Spokane, Wash. Hoar frost ice crystals form on the ground or exposed objects on cold clear nights when objects become colder than the surrounding air.

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Snow covered containers create a pattern in the port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on Jan. 15. Most of Holland is covered by a thick white layer after one night of snow.

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People cross a snow-covered bridge at the village of Bolton Abbey, northern England, on Jan. 14.

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Image: Coming of Age Day in Japan

Young Japanese women dressed in colorful kimonos walk through the Toshimaen Amusement Park in the snow, after attending a ceremony marking the 'Coming of Age Day' in Tokyo, Japan, on Jan. 14. The Coming of Age Day is a Japanese holiday held to celebrate young people who have reached the age of 20, the age of maturity in Japan, when they are legally permitted to smoke, drink alcohol and vote.

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Image: Bison in the cold and snow

A bison bull shakes the fresh snow from its coat near Erlenmoos, Germany, on Jan. 14.

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A Chinese couple use a sled on the frozen Houhai Lake in Beijing, on Jan. 12. The lake attracts scores of tourists and locals who use its frozen surface for skating, ice swimming and even exercising their dogs, despite winter temperatures of up to minus 0 Fahrenheit.

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Image: Members of local winter swimming club warm up on bank of Yenisei River ahead of their weekly bathing session, while air temperatures stand at minus 17 degrees Celsius, in town of Divnogorsk

Members of a local winter swimming club warm up on a bank of the Yenisei River ahead of their weekly bathing session, while air temperatures stand at minus 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit, in the town of Divnogorsk, outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on Jan. 11.

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Image: Snow in Jerusalem

An Ultra-Orthodox Jew wades through the snow next to the Old City walls in Jerusalem, during a snowstorm in the city, on Jan. 10. The Mideast region was gripped by a cold wave accompanied by heavy snowfalls.

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Image: A killer whale surfaces through a small hole in the ice near Inukjuak, in Northern Quebec.

People watch as a killer whale surfaces through a small hole in the ice near Inukjuak, in Northern Quebec, on Jan. 8. Mayor Peter Inukpuk urged the Canadian government to send an icebreaker as soon as possible to crack open the ice and help the pod of about a dozen orcas find open water. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said it is sending officials to assess the situation.

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Chrissy Bedrossian, rear, laughs as she spots her five-year-old Pomeranian-Corgi mix, Tucker, flying after her, while she sledded with granddaughter Madison Taylor, 3, foreground, and neighbor Angely Camilo, 7, all from Manchester, Conn., at the town's Center Park on Jan. 7.

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Water from a mountain stream runs through a snowy winter landscape, near Oberstdorf, Bavaria in Germany, on Jan. 6.

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Image: South Koreans Celebrate Ice Festival

Anglers cast lines through holes into a frozen river, during an ice fishing competition at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival on Jan. 5, in Hwacheon-gun, South Korea. The annual event attracts thousands of visitors and features a mountain trout ice fishing competition, in which participants compete with tradition lures or with bare hands.

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A Chinese couple dance at a pavilion in the snow, near a riverside in Tongxiang in east China's Zhejiang province, on Jan. 5. China is experiencing unusual chills this winter, with its national average temperature hitting the lowest in 28 years. Snow and ice have closed highways, canceled flights, stranded tourists and knocked out power in several provinces.

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Ukrainians walk on a frozen water reservoir on the Dnieper River outside Kiev, Ukraine, on Jan. 2. The temperature in the Ukrainian capital was 28 degrees Fahrenheit on Jan. 2.

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Image: BESTPIX  Swimmers Brave The Loony Dook New Years Day Swim By Forth Bridge

Over 1,000 New Year's swimmers, many in costume, braved freezing conditions in the River Forth in front of the Forth Rail Bridge, during the annual Loony Dook Swim on Jan. 1 in South Queensferry, Scotland.

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A cross-country skier makes his way through the foggy winter landscape near Oberstdorf, southern Germany, on Dec. 29.

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Ian Rone, 12, surprises Alena Byrn, 16, with a face-full of snow during a snowball fight in Memphis, Tenn., on Dec. 26. Memphis managed to avoid the heavy snow that blanketed much of Arkansas, but Overton Park was bustling with kids taking advantage of an almost white Christmas.

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Image: Major Weather System Drops Large Amount Snow On Midwest And Northeast

Chandler Fescemeyer, 17, snowboards down a road in Pittsburgh, Pa., after a winter storm blanketed the Midwest with snow on Dec. 26.

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Image: Workers shape a snow sculpture prior to the annual Vasaloppet China Ski Festival at Jingyuetan Park in Changchun

Workers shape a snow sculpture prior to the annual Vasaloppet China Ski Festival at Jingyuetan Park in Changchun, Jilin province, on Dec. 25. According to local media, the festival kicked off on Jan. 2.

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A snow fight ensues among University of Wisconsin-Madison students on Bascom Hill in Madison, Wis., on Dec. 20.

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A young couple share a tender moment braving the freezing outdoors at the Red Square in Moscow, on Dec. 20.

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A resident clears snow from his driveway after an overnight snowfall left many schools and businesses closed on Dec. 20, in Urbandale, Iowa.

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A worker puts sunglasses on the 20-foot-tall snow sculpture of South Korean rapper PSY for the upcoming Ice Festival in Harbin, in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, on Dec. 16. The city is preparing for its annual ice festival, where large blocks of ice are used to build a tourist attraction.

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Image: Visitors to Capilano Park look out at the pointed peaks of The Lions covered in snow in North Vancouver

Visitors to Capilano Park look out at the pointed peaks of The Lions covered in snow, in North Vancouver, British Columbia, on Dec. 14.

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Image: Snow covered Bhadarwah valley

An aerial view on Dec. 16 of snow-covered Bhadarwah Valley, about 127 miles from Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India.

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Image: BESTPIX  Freezing Fog And Frost Hit The UK

Frost lingers on trees surrounding a house near Wells on Dec. 12 in Somerset, England. Forecasters have warned that the UK could experience the coldest day of the year so far today, with temperatures dropping as low as 7*F, bringing widespread ice, harsh frosts and freezing fog. Travel disruption is expected with warnings for heavy snow in some parts of the country.

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A Chinese woman looks up as she exits from an underground tunnel as snow falls in Beijing on Dec. 12. China's capital city received small amounts of snow on Dec. 12 along with negative temperatures and more snow predicted in coming days.

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Image: Austrian freeskier Mathias Haunholder makes a turn on a sunny winter day in the western Austrian ski resort of Sonnenkopf mountain in Langen am Arlberg

Austrian freeskier Mathias Haunholder makes a turn on a sunny winter day in the western Austrian ski resort on Sonnenkopf mountain in Langen am Arlberg on Dec. 12.

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Image: The Boy Choristers Of Winchester Skate On The Cathedral's Ice Rink

Choristers from Winchester Cathedral don ice-skates to enjoy the ice rink set up beside the cathedral on Dec. 11 in Winchester, England.

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Vehicles move on a snow-covered road after the season’s first snowfall near the northern hill town of Shimla, India, on Dec. 11. The snowfall is expected to trigger a rush of tourists to the area.

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A commuter waits for a train on an early morning in Berlin after a snowfall on Dec. 10.

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People ski in Hofsgrund, Germany, on Dec. 9.

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Image: Heavy Snowfall Hits Northeastern Germany

Nic rides a sled down a hill with his children Mischa and Janosch at a snow-covered park in Zehlendorf district on Dec. 9 in Berlin. Northeastern Germany was inundated with a heavy snowfall that covered highways and blanketed the region with snow.

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A person walks past an ice-covered tree in China's northeast Jilin province on Dec. 8.

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Mist covers the hills in Harzvorland, Germany on Dec. 8.

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Image: Winter in the Harz Mountains

A train of the Brocken Railway steams through a winter landscape with snow-covered pine trees as it approaches its destination on the Brocken mountain in the Harz mountainous region in Germany on Dec. 8.

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Tobias Wendl, front, and Tobias Arlt, both of Germany, speed down the ice channel during the doubles luge World Cup race in Altenberg, Germany, on Dec. 8. They won the competition.

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Japanese macaque, commonly referred to as "snow monkeys," take an open-air hot spring bath (or "onsen"), at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park in the town of Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture, on Dec. 7. Some 160 of the monkeys inhabit the area and are a popular tourist draw.

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A parked car is covered with snow during a blizzard in Stockholm, Sweden, on Dec. 5.

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A cyclist rides during heavy snowfall in Zeist, the Netherlands, on Dec. 3.

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Horses jump through falling snow in Hambach/Diez, western Germany, on Dec. 3.

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Image: Moon sets, sun rises in Switzerland

The moon is about to set behind the mountains overlooking Untervaz, Switzerland, on Dec. 2, while the first warming beams of the morning sun cause mist to rise from the snow-covered Salaz alp.

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Skiers ride a cable car above the fog on Titlis mountain above Engelberg, Central Switzerland, on Dec. 1.

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Image: Cross country skiers ski on a track  in the western Austrian village of Seefeld

Cross-country skiers ski on a track in the western Austrian village of Seefeld on Nov. 29, after the first snowfall of the season.

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A biker rides in the Taunus mountain range in Germany on Nov. 28.

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Low clouds are seen over frost-covered trees in Idaho Springs, Colo., on Nov. 20.

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Image: Icicles form on a tree as the afternoon sun melts the snow in Banff National Park near Lake Louise

Icicles form on a tree, as the afternoon sun melts the snow in Banff National Park near Lake Louise, Alberta, on Nov. 22.

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