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Earthprints: Andasol solar power station
Ahead of the UN Climate Conference in December we release the third in our "Earthprints" series illustrating human impact on the landscape of the planet.

On a barren, sun-baked plateau in southern Spain, row upon row of gleaming mirrors form one of the world's biggest solar power plants and harness the sun's power even after dark. The Andasol plant provides electricity for up to about 500,000 people from about 620,000 curved mirrors. The glass alone would cover 1.5 square km (0.6 square miles) - the size of about 210 soccer pitches.
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October 01, 2015
A general view of the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 10, 2015. The plant...
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Wider Image: Andasol Solar Power Station
A general view of the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 10, 2015. The plant is the biggest solar farm in the world and provides electricity for up to about 500,000 people. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
A view of a solar field at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain July 1, 2015....
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A view of a solar field at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain July 1, 2015. The 620,000 curved mirrors harness the sun's power even after dark, and the glass alone would cover 1.5 square km (0.6 square miles) - the size of about 210 soccer pitches. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
Solar collector assemblies are seen behind flowers at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern...
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Wider Image: Andasol Solar Power Station
Solar collector assemblies are seen behind flowers at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
The sun shines through reflector panels of a solar collector assembly at the Andasol solar power station...
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The sun shines through reflector panels of a solar collector assembly at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
Solar collector assemblies are seen in front of electricity pylons at the Andasol solar power station...
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Solar collector assemblies are seen in front of electricity pylons at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
A worker walks through solar collector assemblies at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern...
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A worker walks through solar collector assemblies at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 10, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
A worker checks solar collector assemblies at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain...
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A worker checks solar collector assemblies at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
Pigeons fly over a solar collector assembly at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern...
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Pigeons fly over a solar collector assembly at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 10, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
An aerial view of Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo...
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An aerial view of Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
Wind turbines are seen near the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 10, 2015....
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Wind turbines are seen near the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 10, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
An aerial view of a solar field at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30,...
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An aerial view of a solar field at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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An aerial view of the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo...
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An aerial view of the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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Staff walk behind solar collector assemblies at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern...
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Staff walk behind solar collector assemblies at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 11, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
Pipes are seen in front of solar collector assemblies at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix,...
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Pipes are seen in front of solar collector assemblies at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 10, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
A worker drives among solar collector assemblies at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern...
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A worker drives among solar collector assemblies at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
The moon is seen between reflector panels of a solar collector assembly at the Andasol solar power station...
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The moon is seen between reflector panels of a solar collector assembly at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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Staff check a solar collector assembly at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain...
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Staff check a solar collector assembly at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 11, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
Solar collector assemblies are seen behind flowers at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern...
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Solar collector assemblies are seen behind flowers at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 10, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
The sun reflects off a solar collector assembly during sunset at the Andasol solar power station near...
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The sun reflects off a solar collector assembly during sunset at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
A part of a power block at the Andasol solar power station is pictured near Guadix, southern Spain June...
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A part of a power block at the Andasol solar power station is pictured near Guadix, southern Spain June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
The main pipe of a power block at the Andasol solar power station is pictured near Guadix, southern Spain...
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The main pipe of a power block at the Andasol solar power station is pictured near Guadix, southern Spain June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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October 01, 2015
The sun reflects off a solar collector assembly during sunset at the Andasol solar power station near...
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The sun reflects off a solar collector assembly during sunset at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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