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Palk Strait and Clouds Framing Southeastern Indian Coastline

8.5N 79.1E

November 16th, 2011 Category: Clouds, Sediments

India - October 21st, 2011

Clouds frame the southeastern coast of India, clearly marking the separation between land and water via a thin yet decisive white line. To the south, popcorn clouds hang over the northern and western parts of the Sri Lankan mainland.

India and Sri Lanka are separated by the Palk Strait, which stretches between the Tamil Nadu state of India and the Mannar district of the Northern Province of the island nation of Sri Lanka. It connects the Bay of Bengal in the northeast with the Palk Bay and thence with the Gulf of Mannar in the southwest.

The strait is 33 to 50 miles (53 to 80 km) wide. Several rivers flow into it, including the Vaigai River of Tamil Nadu. Here, some greenish sediments can be seen in the strait, although the water also appears slightly discolored due to sun glint.

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