Brazil's Marcelo Bastos skates off the vert ramp during practice for the X Games at Staples Center.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susannah Kay / Los Angeles TimesLink
Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic soars through the air while competing in the men's 27-meter high dive at the FINA World Championships.
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Vilma the polar bear shakes off water in its outdoor enclosure at a zoo.
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A boy plays in a water fountain in central London, where temperatures are in the high 80s.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREW COWIE / AFPLink
Tourists at the Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest are reflected in a pool of water as they make their way to Nuggett Falls.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated PressLink
A worker performs some duties on a freight train carrying coal.
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At an international hot-air balloon festival in eastern France, more than 400 balloons take off in an attempt to set a world record for collective launching.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alexandre Marchi / L'est RepublicainLink
A fire burns at the ecological reserve near the Puerto Madero neighborhood, a few blocks from the political and financial center of Argentina's capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Natacha Pisarenko / Associated PressLink
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