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Cloud Margin, Bering Sea

Target Name:  Earth
Spacecraft:  Space Shuttle
Produced by:  LPI/NASA
Cross Reference:  17-41-058

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All that can be seen in this photograph is cloud stretching several hundred kilometers to the limb of the Earth, yet it tells us a great deal about the water in the Bering Sea below. The line or cloud margin running diagonally across the frame with dense, thick cloud to the right and lighter, more broken cloud to the left reflects an ocean current margin. A difference in water temperature on either side of the margin is reflected in the cloud forms condensing above. This striking cloud boundary stretches for 800-960 kilometers (500-600 miles) in this photograph.

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