Calving glacier mirage

Calving glacier mirage

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Credit: DR JUERG ALEAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Layers of air at different temperatures causing a mirage along the coast of northwestern Svalbard, Norway. In particular the bluish calving front of a small valley glacier is strongly distorted by this optical atmospheric effect of refraction.

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Keywords: air, arctic, atmosphere, atmospheric, calving, cliff, distorted, distortion, fata morgana, glacier, glaciology, ice, meteorological, meteorology, mirage, mirror image, no-one, nobody, norway, optical phenomenon, polar, refraction, spitsbergen, spitzbergen, superior mirage, svalbard, temperature inversion

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