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Salton Sea and von Kármán Vortex Street by Baja California, Mexico and USA

27.6N 110.8W

November 26th, 2012 Category: Clouds, Lakes

USA and Mexico – November 25th, 2012

Visible near the top edge of this image, in the upper left quadrant, is the Salton Sea, a large lake in southern California, USA. Continuing south through the green Imperial Valley, one comes to the mouth of the Colorado River in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), by the start of the Baja California Peninsula.

West of the peninsula, in the lower left quadrant, a von Kármán Vortex Street can be seen in the clouds over the Pacific Ocean. The “street” is a repeating pattern of swirling vortices caused by the unsteady separation of flow of a fluid over bluff bodies – in this case, islands.

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