It is still the world's wealthiest continent. It continues to be admired for its innovation and commercial flair. It remains a magnet for tourists worldwide. And it is still the destination of choice for millions of would-be migrants.
It is that time of the year again when visitors flock to the Yosemite National Park in California to see the famous Horsetail Fall - the waterfall that looks like lava flowing down the side of the El Capitan rock formation.
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