Mirage

Mirage

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Credit: PEKKA PARVIAINEN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mirage. The double inverted image seen above the horizon is caused by the refraction of light by layers of warm air resting above layers cooled by the water. This type of mirage is known as a superior mirage. Mirages often occur in an arid climate, where layers of air at different temperatures do not become mixed.

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Keywords: atmosphere, atmospheric effect, climate, climate effect, effects, horizon, lake, meteorology, mirage, ocean, optical illusion, sea, superior, temperature gradient, water, weather

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