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Zodiac in Ice Bay
Image taken: October 2007
Location: Norway
Uploaded by: ecomedia
Zodiac in Ice Bay, Isabukta, Svalbard, Norway.
Location: ZoIce Bay, Isabukta, Svalbard, Norway.
Photographer: RALPH LEE HOPKINS/National Geographic Stock
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