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These swirling clouds captured by NASA’s Terra Satellite 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 Isla Socorro, a volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean. The island, which is located a few hundred kilometers off the west coast of Mexico and the southern tip of Baja California, is part of the Revillagigedo Archipelago. JeanPhotograph: MODIS/Terra/NASA

earthstory:

These swirling clouds captured by NASA’s Terra Satellite 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 Isla Socorro, a volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean. The island, which is located a few hundred kilometers off the west coast of Mexico and the southern tip of Baja California, is part of the Revillagigedo Archipelago. 

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Photograph: MODIS/Terra/NASA