Desert mirage, artwork

Desert mirage, artwork

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Credit: KING'S COLLEGE LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Desert mirage. 19th century artwork of a mirage in a desert, giving the impression of a pool of water where none exists. A mirage is an optical atmospheric phenomenon caused by the Sun heating layers of air and affecting their refractive indexes. A mirage can reflect real objects some distance away below the horizon, or simply display as a shimmering effect that appears to be a body of water. Artwork from 'A Treatise on Meteorology: With a Collection of Meteorological Tables' (1868) by the American mathematician Elias Loomis (1811-1889).

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