This Is the Ugliest State in the U.S.

America may be beautiful, but one place stands out as an eyesore.

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"America the Beautiful" is a nickname that has stuck around for a reason. The United States has an array of stunning landscapes, from the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains to the windswept coasts. However, not every place can be postcard-perfect. Unfortunately, some states didn't get as lucky in the looks department and lack the natural beauty that others were blessed with. That's why we've crunched the numbers to find out which state is officially the ugliest.

We first gauged how gorgeous the 50 states are based on how much land in each state is dedicated to national and state parks. While some states had hundreds of pristine parks, others had very few. The park acreage was compared to the total acreage of the state to come up with our first ugliness indicator: The lower the percentage of parkland, the worse the state was ranked in terms of looks. Then, we used Wallethub's greenest states ranking to factor in the air and water quality as well as how eco-friendly the average household is in each state. To balance those picturesque traits out, we pulled data from the Environmental Protection Agency's Landfill Methane Outreach Program to see how much space in each state contains landfills and how many tons of trash is produced per capita in every state.

After compiling the metrics into a custom algorithm, we created a final score to set the record straight on which states embody those "purple mountain majesties" and which states are just plain ugly. And we're sorry to say, some Midwest, South, and Mid-Atlantic states didn't fare so well.

The state that was deemed the ugliest, however, might not seem like the first place that would come to mind when you think "ugly." Though it does have a solid score on its air and water quality, it's covered with landfills, has a relatively high production of trash, and low coverage of national and state parks, making it the not-so-fairest of them all. To see where your home state stacks up in our ranking from the prettiest to the most hideous states, read on, and for more places people dislike, check out The Most Hated State in America.

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Alaska

Photo of scenic and wildlife viewing tour in Glacier Bay, Alaska.
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 9.1 percent

WalletHub green score: 49.41

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 30.1 tons

Ugly Score: 0.13

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Hawaii

Secret beach also known as Kauapea beach is a stunning trail only accessible beach on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 9.41 percent

WalletHub green score: 62.4

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.006 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 28.6 tons

Ugly Score: 0.77

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Connecticut

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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 7.41 percent

WalletHub green score: 73.89

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0111 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 8.7 tons

Ugly Score: 0.81

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California

Drone shot of a woman walking down a street toward Downtown Los Angeles.
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 7.49 percent

WalletHub green score: 69.4

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0153 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 47.8 tons

Ugly Score: 2.50

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Maine

beautiful lighthouse during sunset in portland Maine
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 3.59 percent

WalletHub green score: 66.73

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0013 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 21.9 tons

Ugly Score: 4.98

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Washington

hah rainforest inside the olympic national park
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 3.93 percent

WalletHub green score: 65.77

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0038 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 28.3 tons

Ugly Score: 5.42

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Wyoming

madison river viewpoint yellowstone national park
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 4.09 percent

WalletHub green score: 36.91

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0004 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 16.6 tons

Ugly Score: 8.76

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Florida

crystal clear water of silver glen springs in florida
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 6.63 percent

WalletHub green score: 50.15

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0166 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 25.1 tons

Ugly Score: 11.43

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Utah

The sun rising above Thor's Hammer at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 1.8 percent

WalletHub green score: 53.27

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0019 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 27.8 tons

Ugly Score: 16.75

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South Dakota

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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.77 percent

WalletHub green score: 68.45

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0007 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 21.4 tons

Ugly Score: 17.67

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Vermont

The skyline of Montpelier, Vermont in autumn with brick buildings and a church steeple
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.84 percent

WalletHub green score: 76.35

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0026 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 21.8 tons

Ugly Score: 17.70

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Minnesota

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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.89 percent

WalletHub green score: 73.13

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0028 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 16.7 tons

Ugly Score: 17.98

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Arizona

Arizona
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 2.16 percent

WalletHub green score: 54.33

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0038 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 33.9 tons

Ugly Score: 18.41

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Massachusetts

Autumn fog in the village of Tyringham in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 4.23 percent

WalletHub green score: 72.53

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0205 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 16.2 tons

Ugly Score: 21.55

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Montana

lake ellen wilson in montana
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 1.2 percent

WalletHub green score: 52.44

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0004 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 26 tons

Ugly Score: 21.71

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Wisconsin

Wisconsin
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 1.95 percent

WalletHub green score: 67.79

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0058 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 47 tons

Ugly Score: 23.97

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Oregon

red, pink, orange, and yellow roses with a forest in the background
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.46 percent

WalletHub green score: 75.24

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0019 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 37 tons

Ugly Score: 27.51

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Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 2.23 percent

WalletHub green score: 63.65

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0079 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 62.4 tons

Ugly Score: 34.20

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Idaho

Idaho
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.16 percent

WalletHub green score: 58.48

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0008 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 19.7 tons

Ugly Score: 34.25

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Colorado

Aspen snowy mountain range overview
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 1.02 percent

WalletHub green score: 59.57

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0039 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 44.6 tons

Ugly Score: 37.82

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Nevada

famous firewave valley of fire
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.3 percent

WalletHub green score: 65.63

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0016 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 45.7 tons

Ugly Score: 38.48

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New Hampshire

sunset over the peaks of a mountain in autumn
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 1.35 percent

WalletHub green score: 67.79

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0079 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 40.9 tons

Ugly Score: 38.94

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New Mexico

pilgrimage site in chimayo new mexico
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.18 percent

WalletHub green score: 51.18

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0013 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 33.3 tons

Ugly Score: 44.98

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Nebraska

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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.31 percent

WalletHub green score: 50.53

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0016 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 37.6 tons

Ugly Score: 45.68

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Tennessee

aerial view of gatlinburg tennessee
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 1.68 percent

WalletHub green score: 54.71

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0095 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 36.8 tons

Ugly Score: 46.13

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North Dakota

university of north dakota
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.21 percent

WalletHub green score: 37.9

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0007 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 20.3 tons

Ugly Score: 47.00

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Missouri

Aerial photo of Ha Ha Tonka State Park at the Lake of the Ozarks, MO.
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.34 percent

WalletHub green score: 57.94

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0046 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 30.1 tons

Ugly Score: 47.74

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North Carolina

greensboro north carolina skyline
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 1.45 percent

WalletHub green score: 60.32

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0119 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 27.5 tons

Ugly Score: 51.12

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New Jersey

The skyline of Newark, New Jersey as shot from the Passaic River with a rail bridge on the left of the frame
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 7.28 percent

WalletHub green score: 65.25

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0421 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 29 tons

Ugly Score: 51.83

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Iowa

Des Moines River, Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, Van Buren County, Iowa
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.21 percent

WalletHub green score: 52.88

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0045 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 27.4 tons

Ugly Score: 52.05

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New York

new rochelle new york
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 1.09 percent

WalletHub green score: 75.49

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0146 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 24.5 tons

Ugly Score: 55.01

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Kansas

springtime view in downtown Topeka, Kansas, USA
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.06 percent

WalletHub green score: 50.36

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0032 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 40.6 tons

Ugly Score: 56.29

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Arkansas

Little Rock is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arkansas.
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.18 percent

WalletHub green score: 40.09

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0035 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 26 tons

Ugly Score: 57.27

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Oklahoma

tulsa oklahoma
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.13 percent

WalletHub green score: 42.8

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0034 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 34.4 tons

Ugly Score: 58.77

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Texas

Houston Texas skyline
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.95 percent

WalletHub green score: 46.67

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0083 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 36.7 tons

Ugly Score: 59.62

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Kentucky

lexington kentucky
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 1.72 percent

WalletHub green score: 32.23

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0086 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 43.9 tons

Ugly Score: 59.81

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Mississippi

downtown jackson mississippi
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.07 percent

WalletHub green score: 42.69

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0035 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 35.3 tons

Ugly Score: 60.47

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West Virginia

Housing Congestion. Wheeling, West Virginia. Compressed houses in the foreground.
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.95 percent

WalletHub green score: 28.77

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0067 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 29.9 tons

Ugly Score: 63.95

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South Carolina

downtown columbia south carolina
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.53 percent

WalletHub green score: 57.39

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0105 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 32.6 tons

Ugly Score: 65.44

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Alabama

bridge in glensdale alabama
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.14 percent

WalletHub green score: 39.99

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0058 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 37.7 tons

Ugly Score: 69.57

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Virginia

Virginia
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.98 percent

WalletHub green score: 55.22

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0136 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 40.3 tons

Ugly Score: 72.29

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Illinois

Open country road in rural Illinois as the sun sets
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 1.39 percent

WalletHub green score: 59.51

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.016 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 52.4 tons

Ugly Score: 74.63

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Georgia

Georgia
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.23 percent

WalletHub green score: 53.89

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0122 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 33.7 tons

Ugly Score: 78.81

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Louisiana

An aerial photo of downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana with the Mississippi River in view
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.1 percent

WalletHub green score: 23.96

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0072 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 38.7 tons

Ugly Score: 85.93

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Ohio

gallipolis aerial view
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.77 percent

WalletHub green score: 50.87

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0165 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 48.8 tons

Ugly Score: 91.19

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Pennsylvania

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 1.02 percent

WalletHub green score: 58.08

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0191 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 52.3 tons

Ugly Score: 92.05

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Maryland

transamerica tower baltimore maryland
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 1.28 percent

WalletHub green score: 66.6

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0263 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 20.9 tons

Ugly Score: 95.57

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Indiana

The amphitheatre and Phlips Pond at Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve in Chesterton Indiana
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.81 percent

WalletHub green score: 49.18

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0174 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 56.1 tons

Ugly Score: 97.08

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Delaware

Saturated early morning light hits the buildings and architecture of downtown Wilmington Delaware
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 1.69 percent

WalletHub green score: 63.19

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0399 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 33.7 tons

Ugly Score: 98.61

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Rhode Island

A view of downtown Providence, Rhode Island on a sunny day.
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Percentage of the state that is parkland: 0.84 percent

WalletHub green score: 69

Percentage of the state that is a landfill: 0.0375 percent

Amount of trash per capita: 37.2 tons

Ugly Score: 99.07

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