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Workers harvest reeds on Austria's Neusiedler See

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A worker drives a reed mower at a frozen water expanse at Neusiedler See, (lake Neusiedl) near Illmitz, 50 miles east of Vienna, Austria, Feb. 3. Neusiedler See is an endorheic lake and has the largest reed belt in Europe besides the Danube delta. The harvested reed is mainly exported, the biggest part to the Netherlands. The area with its unique fauna and flora called 'cultural landscape Fertoe/Neusiedler See' was announced as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2001.

Neusiedler See is an endorheic lake, which means that it is does not flow into an ocean via rivers and streams as most lakes do.

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Workers cut reeds at a frozen water expanse at Neusiedler See, Feb. 3.

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A worker packs cut reeds on a frozen water expanse at Neusiedler See, Feb. 3.

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A water expanse is frozen at Neusiedler See, Feb. 3.

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A reed harvester takes his breakfast on a frozen water expanse at Neusiedler See, Feb. 3.

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A harvesting machine cuts reeds at a frozen water expanse at Neusiedler See, Feb. 3.