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Popcorn Clouds Around Gulf of Khambhat, India

22.1N 72.4E

June 7th, 2011 Category: Clouds, Sediments

India - May 23rd, 2011

Dense sediments give the Gulf of Khambhat, in India, a dark tan color. The land surrounding the gulf is only partially visible due to a veil of clouds often referred to as “popcorn” clouds due to their dotted appearance.

Such clouds are often the product of rapid plant growth. During dry periods, plants receive more sunlight and thus grow faster and undergo more photosynthesis, which in turn release more water vapor into the air. The warm, wet air rises and cools, causing the water vapor to condense into small, fluffy, dotted white clouds.

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