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Thursday, 30 May, 2002, 13:01 GMT 14:01 UK
In pictures: WTC clean-up
In the eight months since the attack on the World Trade Center the site has been transformed from a burning crater of fallen metal to a flattened area, ready for redevelopment.

World Trade Center on 12 September
The day after the disaster rescuers were met with a nightmare landscape of twisted debris

Rescuers hoisted above the wreckage on 16 September
It was too dangerous to even walk amongst the rubble

Aerial view of WTC site on 17 September
The scale of the destruction was unbelievable

WTC site on 11 October
One month on the cathedral like walls of the Twin Towers still stood

WTC site three months on
Even three months after the attack fires continued to burn

WTC site five months on
By five months the recovery teams had dug down to the garage level

WTC site six months on
At six months all but the foundations had been removed, leaving a gaping hole on the waterfront

WTC site in early May 2002
By seven months virtually all traces of the buildings were gone

Recovery workers rake the ground at the WTC site
The clean-up operation has taken the workers right down to the dirt on which the complex once stood

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The BBC's Jane Standley
"A mere 8 months ago it was a smouldering pile of rubble"
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