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The demolition derby aspect of the Vendée Globe round the world race continued to dominate coverage on Sunday as the fifth of the 20 starters limped off the racecourse and a sixth sought to fix a problem which could also force him to retire.

A trio of Brits line up take on the French racing solo round the world, Mike Golding (Gamesa) left, Sam Davies (Savéol) centre, and Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) right

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Disabled tall ship crew begin around the world voyage

Crowds gathered to wave off a tall ship as it set sail to become the first vessel of its kind to voyage around the world with a crew of disabled sailors.

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The Andean eco-region of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve starts at 4,200m above sea level and covers more than 700,000 hectares in the far south-west of Bolivia.

The dramatic landscape near the Troll Research Station, Antarctica

Plane uses ice runway to evacuate American from Antarctic outpost

An Australian aircraft has made a rare mid-winter emergency flight to Antarctica involving landing on an ice runway to evacuate a member of a US government expedition in apparent need of urgent surgery, US authorities said yesterday.

A Journey to Nowhere By Jean-Paul Kauffmann (trans. Euan Cameron)

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This iceberg, bigger than Manhattan, recently broke off the Petermann glacier

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The vast ice sheet of Greenland, which holds enough water to raise global sea levels by 7.2 metres, underwent a remarkable transformation for a few days this month when scientists observed an unprecedented melting of its frozen surface.

The extent of surface melt over Greenland's ice sheet on 8 July and 12 July is seen in this Nasa handout image

Greenland ice sheet melting is unprecedented

The vast ice sheet of Greenland underwent a remarkable transformation for a few days this month when scientists observed an unprecedented melting of its frozen surface.

Olympic Torch takes a trip on the London Eye

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Cache of letters about Scott found as collection of his possessions acquired for the nation

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