Karman Vortices

Earth As art image Karman Vortices

Detailed Description

Each of these swirling clouds is a result of a meteorological phenomenon known as a Karman vortex. These vortices appeared over Alexander Selkirk Island in the southern Pacific Ocean. Rising precipitously from the surrounding waters, the island's highest point is nearly a mile (1.6 km) above sea level. As wind-driven clouds encounter this obstacle, they flow around it to form these large, spinning eddies.

  • Collection: Earth as Art
  • Source: Landsat 7
  • Scale: 4.3 miles (6.9km)
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Image Dimensions: 7904 x 8512

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Location Taken: CL