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Socotran "desert roses", whose obese trunks are adapted to store water, stand on a hillside in Wadi Diksam on Socotra island February 1, 2008. Socotra is located in the Arabian Sea, 380 km (238 miles) south of mainland Yemen and 80 km west of the Horn of Africa. The Socotra islands, which harbour many unique species of birds and plants, may gain UNESCO recognition in July as a world natural heritage site. Picture taken on February 1, 2008. To match feature YEMEN-SOCOTRA REUTERS/Alistair Lyon/Files (YEMEN)

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Taken on December 1, 2008