Mountain cloud

Mountain cloud

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Credit: SIMON FRASER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mountain cloud forming over a coastal mountain in the Arctic summer. This cloud is formed due to moist sea air rising to high altitudes when it meets the mountain. The water vapour condenses in the cold temperatures at these altitudes, forming orographic clouds. The resulting rain supports life in this otherwise arid desert of the Arctic. Photographed in summer on Clavering Island, North East Greenland National Park, Greenland.

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Keywords: arctic, arid, atmosphere, atmospheric phenomenon, barren, clavering island, climate, cloud types, clouds, coastal, desert, environment, geography, meteorology, mountain, national park, natural, nature, north east greenland, orographic cloud, scenery, stony, summer, weather

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