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Popcorn Clouds Over Ukraine Near Black Sea

47.4N 32.4E

July 13th, 2011 Category: Clouds, Lakes

Black Sea - July 12th, 2011

The Black Sea occupies the lower part of this image. It connects to the Sea of Azov, in the image center, via the Strait of Kerch. Here, greenish sediments can be seen around the shores of the Sea of Azov, while most of the coloring of the waters of the Black Sea is due to sun glint.

North of the Black Sea, popcorn clouds create dotted patterns over much of the Ukraine (upper left quadrant) and part of Russia near the coast. Such clouds are often a by-product of rapid plant growth: photosynthesis releases water vapor into the air through transpiration, this warm, wet air rises and cools, and the water vaporĀ  condenses into the small, fluffy white clouds visible here.

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