A boat carrying migrants is stranded in the Strait of Gibraltar before being rescued by the Spanish Guardia Civil and the Salvamento Maritimo sea search and rescue agency on Sept. 8. MARCOS MORENO/AFP/Getty Images

A Top-Down View of 2018

Climate change, migration, disasters, agriculture, and industry—a look at the past year from above.

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A boat carrying migrants is stranded in the Strait of Gibraltar before being rescued by the Spanish Guardia Civil and the Salvamento Maritimo sea search and rescue agency on Sept. 8. MARCOS MORENO/AFP/Getty Images

A boat carrying migrants is stranded in the Strait of Gibraltar before they are rescued by the Spanish Guardia Civil and the Salvamento Marítimo sea search and rescue agency on Sept. 8.

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A neighborhood devastated by wildfires in Paradise, California, on Nov. 15. JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

A neighborhood devastated by wildfires in Paradise, California, on Nov. 15.

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A surfer walks out of the water after a free surf session in Flackstad, Northern Norway, within the Arctic Circle, on Sept. 26. OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images

A surfer walks out of the water in Flakstad, northern Norway, within the Arctic Circle, on Sept. 26.

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Two farmers dry corn during harvest in Tancheng in China's eastern Shandong province on Aug. 30. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Two farmers dry corn during harvest in Tancheng in China’s eastern Shandong province on Aug. 30.

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Chinese fishermen float next to a photovoltaic power station built atop fish ponds in Yangzhou in China's eastern Jiangsu province on Nov. 14. STR/AFP/Getty Images

Chinese fishermen float next to a photovoltaic power station built atop fish ponds in Yangzhou in China’s eastern Jiangsu province on Nov. 14.

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Destroyed houses and debris cover fields following the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Oct. 4. Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Destroyed houses and debris cover fields following the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Oct. 4.

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Indonesian soldiers bury earthquake victims in a mass grave in Poboya in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on Oct. 2. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Indonesian soldiers bury earthquake victims in a mass grave in Poboya in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province on Oct. 2.

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Honduran migrants crowd a truck as they head through Huixtla, in Chiapas state, Mexico, en route to the United States on Oct. 22. PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images

Honduran migrants crowd a truck as they head through Huixtla, in Chiapas state, Mexico, en route to the United States on Oct. 22.

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Burned vehicles are piled up after a storm surge and strong winds from typhoon Jebi in Nishinomiya, Japan, on Sept. 5. JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images

Burned vehicles are piled up after a storm surge and strong winds from Typhoon Jebi in Nishinomiya, Japan, on Sept. 5.

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A Malian worker pours water on sun-dried bricks made from river sand at a factory in Bamako on Oct. 9. MICHELE CATTANI/AFP/Getty Images

A Malian worker pours water on sun-dried bricks made from river sand at a factory in Bamako on Oct. 9.

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Rescue workers and locals attempt to save a stranded whale in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on April 9. The whale died despite their efforts. IEGO IZQUIERDO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Rescue workers and locals attempt to save a stranded whale in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on April 9. The whale died despite their efforts.

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Boats sit aground in the dried bed of the Brenet Lake section of the Doubs river, a natural border beetwen eastern France and western Switzerland, on Sept. 20. Upstream, the river dried up due to geological faults that empty the river, accented by a rainless summer. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

Boats rest on the dried bed of the Brenet Lake section of the Doubs River, a natural border between eastern France and western Switzerland, on Sept. 20. Upstream, the river dried up due to geological faults that empty the river, accented by a rainless summer.

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Cindy McCain, wife of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, stands over his casket as he lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington on Aug. 31. MORRY GASH/AFP/Getty Images

Cindy McCain, the wife of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, stands over his casket as he lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington on Aug. 31.

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A steeple rests next to the Elah Baptist Church after being blown off by the strong winds of Hurricane Florence in Leland, North Carolina, on Sept. 16. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

A steeple rests next to the Elah Baptist Church after being blown off by the strong winds of Hurricane Florence in Leland, North Carolina, on Sept. 16.

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Workers harvest cranberries at the Polesskie Zhuraviny state farm in the village of Selishche, south of Minsk, Belarus, on Oct. 19. MAXIM MALINOVSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Workers harvest cranberries at the Polesskie Zhuraviny state farm in the village of Selishche, south of Minsk, Belarus, on Oct. 19.

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Yana Nestsiarava of Belarus dives from a platform during the first day of competition of the seventh and final stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Polignano a Mare, Italy, on Sept. 22. Romina Amato/Red Bull via Getty Images

Yana Nestsiarava of Belarus dives from a platform during the first day of competition of the seventh and final stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Polignano a Mare, Italy, on Sept. 22.

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Steam plumes rise as lava hits the Pacific Ocean after flowing from a Kilauea volcano fissure on Hawaii's Big Island near Pahoa on May 21. MARIO TAMA/GETTY IMAGES

Steam plumes rise as lava hits the Pacific Ocean after flowing from a Kilauea volcano fissure on Hawaii’s Big Island near Pahoa on May 21.

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A farmer ploughs along a field in Danzhai in China's southwestern Guizhou province on Oct. 8. STR/AFP/Getty Images

A farmer plows a field in Danzhai in China’s southwestern Guizhou province on Oct. 8.

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Honduran migrants rest on a basketball court in San Pedro Tapanatepec, southern Mexico, during thier trip toward the United States on Oct. 28. GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images

Honduran migrants rest on a basketball court in San Pedro Tapanatepec, southern Mexico, during their trip toward the United States on Oct. 28.

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Disinfectant is released over Palu, Indonesia, on Oct. 14 in an attempt to sterilize the area affected by liquefaction in the Sept. 28 earthquake and where thousands are still feared buried. MUHAMMAD RIFKI/AFP/Getty Images

Disinfectant is released over Palu, Indonesia, on Oct. 14 in an attempt to sterilize the area affected by liquefaction in the Sept. 28 earthquake, where thousands were still feared buried.

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Demonstrators hold letters during a pro-independence rally in Barcelona marking the National Day of Catalonia on Sept. 11. ROSER VILALLONGA/AFP/Getty Images

Demonstrators hold letters during a pro-independence rally in Barcelona marking the National Day of Catalonia on Sept. 11.

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A man swims in a partly frozen lake in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province on Dec. 10. STR/AFP/Getty Images

A man swims in a partly frozen lake in Shenyang in China’s northeastern Liaoning province on Dec. 10.

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Cracks stop traffic on Vine Road, south of Wasilla, Alaska, after earthquakes on Nov. 30. Back-to-back quakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 shattered highways and rocked buildings in Anchorage and the surrounding area, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami warning for islands and coastal areas south of the city. Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP

Cracks stop traffic on Vine Road, south of Wasilla, Alaska, after earthquakes on Nov. 30. Back-to-back quakes measuring magnitude 7.0 and 5.7 shattered highways and rocked buildings in Anchorage and the surrounding area, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami warning for islands and coastal areas south of the city.

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A car drives past steel pipes stacked ahead of construction of the Eugal natural gas pipeline at Rietzneuendorf-Staakow near Golssen, Germany, on Aug. 29. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

A car drives past steel pipes stacked ahead of construction of the Eugal natural gas pipeline at Rietzneuendorf-Staakow near Golssen, Germany, on Aug. 29.

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People take part in a fishing competition in Sihong county, in China's eastern Jiangsu province on Aug. 29. STR/AFP/Getty Images

People take part in a fishing competition in Sihong County, in China’s eastern Jiangsu province, on Aug. 29.

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Thousands of abandoned shared bicycles line a lot in Shanghai on May 10. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of abandoned shared bicycles line a lot in Shanghai on May 10.

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Autumn colors trees in a field in Vinnum, Germany, on Nov 13. INA FASSBENDER/AFP/Getty Images

Autumn colors the trees in a field in Vinnum, Germany, on Nov 13.

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Indian laborers pull a pontoon buoy with a rope in the Ganges as they build a floating bridge over the river for the upcoming Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad, on Oct. 24. The festival will see millions of Hindu devotees gather from Jan. 15, 2019, to March 4, 2019, to take a ritual bath in the holy waters, believed to cleanse sins and bestow blessings. SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images

Indian laborers pull a pontoon buoy with a rope in the Ganges as they build a floating bridge over the river for the upcoming Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad, on Oct. 24. The festival will see millions of Hindu devotees gather from Jan. 15, 2019, to March 4, 2019, to take a ritual bath in the holy waters, believed to cleanse sins and bestow blessings.

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The interior of Rio de Janeiro's treasured National Museum, one of Brazil's oldest, is exposed on Sept. 3, a day after a massive fire ripped through the building and its artifacts. MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP/Getty Images

The interior of Rio de Janeiro’s treasured National Museum, one of Brazil’s oldest, is exposed on Sept. 3, a day after a massive fire ripped through the building and its artifacts.

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Lush vegetation engulfs an abandoned village in Houtouwan on Shengshan island, in China's eastern Zhejiang province, on May 31. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Lush vegetation engulfs an abandoned village in Houtouwan on Shengshan Island, in China’s eastern Zhejiang province, on May 31.

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A wooden jetty is surrounded by melting sea ice in the islands of Merenkurkku (Kvarken) near Vaasa, western Finland, at the beginning of spring, on April 25. OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images

A wooden jetty is surrounded by melting sea ice in the islands of Merenkurkku (Kvarken) near Vaasa, western Finland, at the beginning of spring, on April 25.

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Muslims attend a prayer service to celebrate Eid al-Adha in Labuhan Lombok village, Indonesia, on Aug. 22. FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images

Muslims attend a prayer service to celebrate Eid al-Adha in Labuhan Lombok village, Indonesia, on Aug. 22.

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The giant land art fresco by French artist Saype in Geneva appears 3-dimensional from above on Sept. 17. The work shows a little girl dropping an origami boat into Lake Geneva and was painted to support the cause of the nongovernmental organization SOS Méditerranée, which specializes in the rescue of migrants at sea. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

A giant land art fresco by French artist Saype in Geneva appears three-dimensional from above on Sept. 17. The work shows a little girl dropping an origami boat into Lake Geneva and was painted to support the cause of the nongovernmental organization SOS Méditerranée, which specializes in the rescue of migrants at sea.

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