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BAKU BOOMTOWN

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    Neft Dashlari, or Oily Rocks, seen from the air above Baku, Azerbaijan. The intricate web of of bridges connect oil platforms built in Soviet times.
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    Imam Huseyn Mosque is seen next to the Flame Towers in Baku, Azerbaijan at dusk.
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    A man closes the trunk on his Soviet-era Lada car in the Bibi-heybat oil fields on the outskirts of Baku, Azerbaijan.
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    People walk along the seaside park know as Bulvar in front of the newly constructed Flame Towers in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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    The refurbished Bibi-heybat Mosque is seen from the road on the outskirts of Baku, Azerbaijan.
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    An abandoned phosphate factory is seen in City Sumgayit, which according to TIME magzine, is one of the 10 most polluted cities in the world, a suburb of Baku, Azerbaijan.
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    Youth gather on the seaside walkway known as Bulvar in Baku, Azerbaijan. In the background are newly built skyscrapers Flame Towers which are illuminated with flickering LED lights at night to resemble a massive fire.
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    Customers are seen inside the Back in the USSR bar in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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    Buildings are demolished on Avenue Khoysky Fatali Khan in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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    Pedestrians walk in front of a false wall covering which masks construction on Nizami street in Baku, Azerbaijan. With a huge influx in oil money, the urban landscape of Baku is rapidly changing from its dingy Soviet past.
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    Valida, 73, a widowed refugee from Nagorno-Karabakh conflict sits in her home in Baku, Azerbaijan. Despite a massive surge of newly constructed apartments in Baku, many of the least well off residents, like refugees, continue to live in poor housing. Most of the new housing developments are focused on the rich.
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    Yeni Hayat, or New Life building is seen in the background from 19th century worker's homes for a shipbuilding factory in Black City, the most polluted part of Baku, Azerbaijan.
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    A worker balances while holding steel reinforcing bars on top of a building under construction on Kazar Islands in the region Qaradagh, Azerbaijan. Kazar is a massive artificial island project, following the spirit of man-made islands in Qatar.
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    Workers climb on scaffolding on a building under construction on Kazar Islands in the region Qaradagh, Azerbaijan. Kazar is a massive artificial island project, following the spirit of man-made islands in Qatar.
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    Heydar Aliyev Central Cultural, designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, is seen in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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    A refugee from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict live in part of the abandoned DSK Cement factory in the outskirts of Baku, Azerbaijan. Despite a massive surge of newly constructed apartments in Baku, many of the least well off residents continue to live in poor housing. Most of the new housing developments are focused on the rich.
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    Oli pollution is seen contaminating a lake in Balakhani, a suburb of Baku, Azerbaijan.
Baku Boomtown

As a birthplace of the petroleum industry, Baku’s fortunes have long been linked with oil. The city was heavily polluted by Soviet-era production. Now a gush of oil profits is transforming the the urban landscape, as buildings with bold architecture replaces previously dingy neighborhoods.

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