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Ama'u fern (Sadleria cyatheoides) is the first plant to return to a lava field, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. December 2016.
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90790206 Ama'u fern (Sadleria cyatheoides) is the first plant to return to a lava field, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. December 2016.© Kirkendall-Spring
Coconut (Cocos nucifera) sprouting on beach, Fiji.
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90782860 Coconut (Cocos nucifera) sprouting on beach, Fiji.© Ashley Cooper
Elephant Tree (Bursera microphylla) growing in the Pico Vicente lava flow, Sonoran Desert, Baja California Sur, Mexico, Central America
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90757905 Elephant Tree (Bursera microphylla) growing in the Pico Vicente lava flow, Sonoran Desert, Baja California Sur, Mexico, Central America© Jack Dykinga
Woodland scene from above with Holly (Ilex aquilfolium) colonizing meadow, Alberes Mountains, Pyrenees, France, October 2011.
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90732992 Woodland scene from above with Holly (Ilex aquilfolium) colonizing meadow, Alberes Mountains, Pyrenees, France, October 2011.© Cyril Ruoso
Woodland scene from above with Holly (Ilex aquilfolium) the first species to colonize the adjacent  meadow, Alberes Mountains, Pyrenees, France, October 2011.
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90732991 Woodland scene from above with Holly (Ilex aquilfolium) the first species to colonize the adjacent meadow, Alberes Mountains, Pyrenees, France, October 2011.© Cyril Ruoso
Holly (Ilex aquilfolium) colonizing meadow adjacent to woodland, Alberes Mountains, Pyrenees, France, March 2011.
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90732990 Holly (Ilex aquilfolium) colonizing meadow adjacent to woodland, Alberes Mountains, Pyrenees, France, March 2011.© Cyril Ruoso
Herero woman in traditional dress - influenced by Victorian missionaries, Kaokoland, Namibia. February 2005
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90731258 Herero woman in traditional dress - influenced by Victorian missionaries, Kaokoland, Namibia. February 2005© Enrique Lopez-Tapia
Elephant bird egg (Aepyornis maximus) 30cm compared to a Calliope hummingbird egg (Stellula calliope) 12mm The Aepyornis egg volume holds around 7 to 10 litres, the hummingbird's a few millilitres The...  -  Paul D Stewart/ npl
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90690360 Elephant bird egg (Aepyornis maximus) 30cm compared to a Calliope hummingbird egg (Stellula calliope) 12mm The Aepyornis egg volume holds around 7 to 10 litres, the hummingbird's a few millilitres The...© Paul D Stewart / NPL
Aeonium growing on rope lava formation Lanzarote, Canary Islands, July  -  Adrian Davies/ npl
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90684828 Aeonium growing on rope lava formation Lanzarote, Canary Islands, July© Adrian Davies / NPL
Scuba diver exploring Viana wreck, the hull is covered with spiral Tube-worm (Sabella spallanzani) Propeller of Viana wreck, a vessel set on fire in the Horta harbour In attempt to contain the fire, t...  -  Franco Banfi/ npl
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90387412 Scuba diver exploring Viana wreck, the hull is covered with spiral Tube-worm (Sabella spallanzani) Propeller of Viana wreck, a vessel set on fire in the Horta harbour In attempt to contain the fire, t...© Franco Banfi / NPL
Sand dunes, Eilean na Rubha, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK  -  David Kjaer/ npl
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90206962 Sand dunes, Eilean na Rubha, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK© David Kjaer / NPL
Sand dunes with marram grass colonisation at Newborough Warren nature reserve, Anglesea, Wales  -  Tim Edwards/ npl
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90204073 Sand dunes with marram grass colonisation at Newborough Warren nature reserve, Anglesea, Wales© Tim Edwards / NPL
Red eared turtle, slider terrapin (Pseudemys scripta elegans) colonises reservior,  -  Andrew Parkinson/ npl
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90194867 Red eared turtle, slider terrapin (Pseudemys scripta elegans) colonises reservior,© Andrew Parkinson / NPL
Pine tree seedling on black marl, Baronnies, France  -  Jean E. Roche/ npl
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90193721 Pine tree seedling on black marl, Baronnies, France© Jean E. Roche / NPL
Derelict farm building, colonised by plants, Norfolk, UK  -  Gary K. Smith/ npl
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90188407 Derelict farm building, colonised by plants, Norfolk, UK© Gary K. Smith / NPL
(Aeonium sp) growing in larva field El Hierro, Canary Islands  -  Martin Gabriel/ npl
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90184405 (Aeonium sp) growing in larva field El Hierro, Canary Islands© Martin Gabriel / NPL
Astydamia latifolia colonising volcanic rockTenerife, Canary Islands  -  Jose B. Ruiz/ npl
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90179281 Astydamia latifolia colonising volcanic rockTenerife, Canary Islands© Jose B. Ruiz / NPL
Fern growing in old lava flow Hawaii, USA  -  Mark Taylor/ npl
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90179210 Fern growing in old lava flow Hawaii, USA© Mark Taylor / NPL
Plants colonising bare volcanic rock (Black basalt) Rangitoto Is, North Is, New Zealand  -  Rod Williams/ npl
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90171773 Plants colonising bare volcanic rock (Black basalt) Rangitoto Is, North Is, New Zealand© Rod Williams / NPL
Deciduous woodland growing over ruins of pre-roman iron ore mine, Puzzle Wood, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UK 2006  -  James Aldred/ npl
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90167151 Deciduous woodland growing over ruins of pre-roman iron ore mine, Puzzle Wood, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UK 2006© James Aldred / NPL
Pine trees growing on lava beds, Sunset Crater Volcano NM with volcano in background USA  -  Nigel Bean/ npl
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90159083 Pine trees growing on lava beds, Sunset Crater Volcano NM with volcano in background USA© Nigel Bean / NPL
Silverweed (Potentilla anserina) and beach pebbles Gwyned, Wales, UK  -  Geoff Simpson/ npl
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90156379 Silverweed (Potentilla anserina) and beach pebbles Gwyned, Wales, UK© Geoff Simpson / NPL
Trees planted behind dunes in protective tubes, to slow the retreat of sand dune habitat succession and increase soil and land stability, Montrose, Angus, Tayside, Scotland  -  Niall Benvie/ npl
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90149530 Trees planted behind dunes in protective tubes, to slow the retreat of sand dune habitat succession and increase soil and land stability, Montrose, Angus, Tayside, Scotland© Niall Benvie / NPL
Mangrove shoots growing in larva field (R mangle) Isabella, Galapagos  -  Martha Holmes/ npl
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90149086 Mangrove shoots growing in larva field (R mangle) Isabella, Galapagos© Martha Holmes / NPL
Dandelion in flower (Taraxacum officinale) growing in crevice near building, Bavaria, Germany  -  Martin Gabriel/ npl
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90145136 Dandelion in flower (Taraxacum officinale) growing in crevice near building, Bavaria, Germany© Martin Gabriel / NPL
Germinating seed, seedling of Barringtonia sp Washed up on beach Masoala Peninsula, Masoala National Park, Madagascar  -  Nick Garbutt/ npl
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90129513 Germinating seed, seedling of Barringtonia sp Washed up on beach Masoala Peninsula, Masoala National Park, Madagascar© Nick Garbutt / NPL
Common daisy (Bellis perennis) flowering through asphalt in the Vatican garden, Rome, Italy  -  WWE/ Geslin/ npl
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90126911 Common daisy (Bellis perennis) flowering through asphalt in the Vatican garden, Rome, Italy© Wild Wonders of Europe / Geslin / NPL
Plant growing in Lava, La Tarta, Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, December 2008  -  WWE/ Relanzon/ npl
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90120037 Plant growing in Lava, La Tarta, Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, December 2008© Wild Wonders of Europe / Relanzn / NPL
Pico Viejo volcano (2,909m) viewed from Monta?a Samara at sunset, Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, December 2008  -  WWE/ Relanzon/ npl
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90120024 Pico Viejo volcano (2,909m) viewed from Monta?a Samara at sunset, Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, December 2008© Wild Wonders of Europe / Relanzn / NPL
Canary pines (Pinus canariensis) growing in lava field near Chio, Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, December 2008  -  WWE/ Relanzon/ npl
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90120023 Canary pines (Pinus canariensis) growing in lava field near Chio, Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, December 2008© Wild Wonders of Europe / Relanzn / NPL
Single Canary pine tree (Pinus canariensis) growing in lava field of the Pico Viejo Volcano, Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, December 2008  -  WWE/ Relanzon/ npl
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90120018 Single Canary pine tree (Pinus canariensis) growing in lava field of the Pico Viejo Volcano, Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, December 2008© Wild Wonders of Europe / Relanzn / NPL
Glasswort (Salicornia) colonising mud flats of the Severn estuary, England, UK April 2010  -  David Woodfall/ npl
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90113945 Glasswort (Salicornia) colonising mud flats of the Severn estuary, England, UK April 2010© David Woodfall / NPL
Blue-girdled angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus) on the wreck Kasi Maru, a Japanese merchant ship sunk in fifty feet of water off Munda in Ironbottom Sound during a World War II bombing raid July 1943 I...  -  Georgette Douwma/ npl
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90108326 Blue-girdled angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus) on the wreck Kasi Maru, a Japanese merchant ship sunk in fifty feet of water off Munda in Ironbottom Sound during a World War II bombing raid July 1943 I...© GEORGETTE DOUWMA / NPL
Corals adorn the wreck of the Kasi Maru, a Japanese merchant ship sunk in fifty feet of water off Munda in Ironbottom Sound during a World War II bombing raid July 1943 Solomon Islands  -  Georgette Douwma/ npl
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90108325 Corals adorn the wreck of the Kasi Maru, a Japanese merchant ship sunk in fifty feet of water off Munda in Ironbottom Sound during a World War II bombing raid July 1943 Solomon Islands© GEORGETTE DOUWMA / NPL
Blue-girdled angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus) swimming over the wreck of the Kasi Maru, a Japanese merchant ship sunk in fifty feet of water off Munda in Ironbottom Sound during a World War II bombin...  -  Georgette Douwma/ npl
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90108324 Blue-girdled angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus) swimming over the wreck of the Kasi Maru, a Japanese merchant ship sunk in fifty feet of water off Munda in Ironbottom Sound during a World War II bombin...© GEORGETTE DOUWMA / NPL
The wreck Kasi Maru is a Japanese merchant ship sunk in fifty feet of water off Munda in Ironbottom Sound during a World War II bombing raid July 1943 It is overgrown with corals Solomon Islands  -  Georgette Douwma/ npl
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90108323 The wreck Kasi Maru is a Japanese merchant ship sunk in fifty feet of water off Munda in Ironbottom Sound during a World War II bombing raid July 1943 It is overgrown with corals Solomon Islands© GEORGETTE DOUWMA / NPL
Blue-girdled angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus) on the wreck Kasi Maru, a Japanese merchant ship sunk in fifty feet of water off Munda in Ironbottom Sound during a World War II bombing raid July 1943 I...  -  Georgette Douwma/ npl
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90107509 Blue-girdled angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus) on the wreck Kasi Maru, a Japanese merchant ship sunk in fifty feet of water off Munda in Ironbottom Sound during a World War II bombing raid July 1943 I...© GEORGETTE DOUWMA / NPL
Corals adorn the wreck of the Kasi Maru, a Japanese merchant ship sunk in fifty feet of water off Munda in Ironbottom Sound during a World War II bombing raid July 1943 Solomon Islands  -  Georgette Douwma/ npl
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90107508 Corals adorn the wreck of the Kasi Maru, a Japanese merchant ship sunk in fifty feet of water off Munda in Ironbottom Sound during a World War II bombing raid July 1943 Solomon Islands© GEORGETTE DOUWMA / NPL
Blue-girdled angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus) swimming over the wreck of the Kasi Maru, a Japanese merchant ship sunk in fifty feet of water off Munda in Ironbottom Sound during a World War II bombin...  -  Georgette Douwma/ npl
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90107507 Blue-girdled angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus) swimming over the wreck of the Kasi Maru, a Japanese merchant ship sunk in fifty feet of water off Munda in Ironbottom Sound during a World War II bombin...© GEORGETTE DOUWMA / NPL
The wreck Kasi Maru is a Japanese merchant ship sunk in fifty feet of water off Munda in Ironbottom Sound during a World War II bombing raid July 1943 It is overgrown with corals Solomon Islands  -  Georgette Douwma/ npl
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90107506 The wreck Kasi Maru is a Japanese merchant ship sunk in fifty feet of water off Munda in Ironbottom Sound during a World War II bombing raid July 1943 It is overgrown with corals Solomon Islands© GEORGETTE DOUWMA / NPL
Plant growing on volcanic lava, Floreana Island, Galapagos, January  -  Juan Carlos Munoz/ npl
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90083423 Plant growing on volcanic lava, Floreana Island, Galapagos, January© Juan Carlos Munoz / NPL
Chinese wooden fishing vessel wreck with different types of sponges and molluscs, Lankayan, Borneo  -  Roberto Rinaldi/ npl
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90047587 Chinese wooden fishing vessel wreck with different types of sponges and molluscs, Lankayan, Borneo© Roberto Rinaldi / NPL
The modern wreck of 'Ka Hing', a Japanese trawler, with corals, Kudat, Sabah, Borneo  -  Roberto Rinaldi/ npl
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90046886 The modern wreck of 'Ka Hing', a Japanese trawler, with corals, Kudat, Sabah, Borneo© Roberto Rinaldi / NPL
Barnack Hills and Hollows nature reserve, old quarry re-colonised, Cambridgeshire, UK  -  Jason Smalley/ npl
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90038320 Barnack Hills and Hollows nature reserve, old quarry re-colonised, Cambridgeshire, UK© Jason Smalley / NPL
Castor oil plant (Ricinus communis) growing amongst rubble, Riotinto, Huelva, Spain  -  Jose B. Ruiz/ npl
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90025644 Castor oil plant (Ricinus communis) growing amongst rubble, Riotinto, Huelva, Spain© Jose B. Ruiz / NPL
Parsley fern (Cryptogramma crispa) growing in dry stone wall, UK  -  Adrian Davies/ npl
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90013124 Parsley fern (Cryptogramma crispa) growing in dry stone wall, UK© Adrian Davies / NPL
Barnack Hills and Holes national nature reserve, Cambridgeshire, UK  -  Jason Smalley/ npl
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90003394 Barnack Hills and Holes national nature reserve, Cambridgeshire, UK© Jason Smalley / NPL
Plant (Chrysactinium sp) flowering in volcanic rock Villarica volcano, Chile  -  Warwick Sloss/ npl
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90001264 Plant (Chrysactinium sp) flowering in volcanic rock Villarica volcano, Chile© Warwick Sloss / NPL
View of main lake, site of early colonisation by Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis), Staverton Lakes, Suffolk, England, august  -  Dave Pressland/ FLPA
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80146662 View of main lake, site of early colonisation by Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis), Staverton Lakes, Suffolk, England, august© FLPA,Dave Pressland / FLPA
Lava Cactus (Brachycereus nesioticus) growing on lava rock, Galapagos Islands  -  Malcolm Schuyl/ FLPA
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80136208 Lava Cactus (Brachycereus nesioticus) growing on lava rock, Galapagos Islands© Malcolm Schuyl / FLPA
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