Cirrus clouds

Cirrus clouds

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Caption: High-altitude summer cirrus clouds over Wisconsin farmland in the USA. Unlike lower-level clouds, which are composed of water droplets, cirrus clouds are composed of ice crystals. They occur at heights of up to 50,000 feet (15,000 metres) and take the form of feathery plumes, tufts and streaks.

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Keywords: cirrus cloud, climate, cloud types, clouds, mare's tail, meteorology, weather

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