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Condensation Trails Criss-Cross over North Sea

March 28th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Condensation trails near England - March 16th, 2009

Condensation trails near England - March 16th, 2009

Close-up of trails

Close-up of trails

Close-up of Strait of Dover

Close-up of Strait of Dover

Several condensation trails from airplanes crisscross the North Sea and the Strait of Dover, showing the path of morning flights in and out of British airports. Southeastern England is visible to the left, and northern France to the right.

Condensation trails, also known as contrails, are formed when hot, humid exhaust from planes is expelled into the cold air at high altitudes. The exhaust freezes and ice crystals form, creating lines that follow the path of the aircraft.

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