These swirling clouds captured by NASA’s Terra Satellite above Jeju-do, South Korea, are known as Von Karman vortices.
They are created when a mass of fluid, such as water or air, encounters an obstacle and creates swirls going in alternating directions. The obstacle in this instance is Mount Halla, which rises to 6,400 feet-high enough to affect cloud patterns.
As Américas e o Caribe no projeto Terra à Noite da NASA.
Americas and the Caribbean from the NASA’s project Earth at Night.
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norskehavet: Norwegian Sea, photographed by Terra and Aqua, May 2014.
The Norwegian Sea is a marginal sea between the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. At top left is Jan Mayen Island, and at bottom right are the Lofoten and Vesterålen archipelagos off the coast of Norway.
22 images each, one from Terra and one from Aqua each day 8th-18th May,
icebergs: Pine Island Bay, photographed by Terra & Aqua, December 2013-February 2014.
Eight images, photographed 25th December 2013-16th February 2014. Pine Island Glacier, source of the largest berg, is at bottom right.
In a masterstroke of nomenclature, Pine Island Glacier is named after Pine Island Bay, but Pine Island Bay does not contain a Pine Island. Instead, the bay was named after the USS Pine Island, a ship that assisted the aerial mapping of Antarctica in 1946; the ship was named after Pine Island Sound on Florida’s gulf coast. You will be relieved to learn that Pine Island Sound does contain a Pine Island, more than 11,000km from the glacier that bears its name.
coast of kimberley, western australia, photographed by terra & aqua, june-july 2015.
from the dampier peninsula in the west to cape londonderry in the east. just east of the dampier peninsula is king sound, outlet of the fitzroy river. where the king sound opens into the indian ocean we find the magnificently-named buccaneer archipelago.
the traditional owners of this coastline include the nimanburu, njulnjul, warwa, bardi, djaberadjabera, yawijibaya, unggarranggu, worrora, wunambal-gaambera, and ngarinyin peoples.
louisiana: Around New Orleans, photographed by Terra & Aqua, January 2014.
The Mississippi extends into the Gulf of Mexico on a tongue of land built up from thousands of years of deposited sediment (you can see some new sediment swirling around in the Gulf). The city of New Orleans (light area, just right of centre) sits astride the river, south of Lake Pontchartrain.