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Schoolchildren stand beneath the single black pine tree -- dubbed the "miracle pine" -- that stands on the waterfront of  Rikuzentakata city, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. The tree was one of several thousand black pines that formed a protective wall along the bay of the Pacific coast city, but were flattened following the March 2011 tsunami. It is one of just a few landmarks that remain as the city undergoes a massive rebuilding project.  Rob Gilhooly Photo