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Condensation Trails Over Northern Florida, USA

29.6N 82.2W

January 16th, 2011 Category: Clouds, Lakes

USA - December 29th, 2010

The Florida Peninsula stretches across this image, bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. Inland, a notable body of water is Lake Okeechobee, appearing brownish in color towards the southern tip of the peninsula.

At the northern end of the peninsula, by the border with Georgia, many condensation trails (or contrails) can be seen criss-crossing the skies. These series of lines are vapor trails from passing aircraft.

Forested and Mountainous Areas Near Victoria and New South Wales Coasts, Australia

36.8S 148.9E

November 11th, 2010 Category: Clouds, Mountains

Australia - October 10th, 2010

While much of the landscape of the Australian states of Victoria  and southern New South Wales appears green and relatively flat, the brown areas near the coast are mountainous. Many of the brown areas near the eastern coast are national parks and state forest reserves, including Alpine National Park in Victoria.

The terrain beings to turn reddish in the upper left quadrant, as one moves toward the country’s arid interior. In the full image, the island state of Tasmania can also be observed to the south. Several condensation trails (or contrails) from passing aircraft appear as grey streaks over the water between the island and the mainland.

Condensation Trails over Northwestern Spain

42.8N 8.5W

October 27th, 2010 Category: Clouds

Spain - October 21st, 2010

The white lines radiating out over northwestern Spain are condensation trails (or contrails) – rows of clouds that form when water molecules clings to airplane exhaust.

The airplanes appear to have been travelling to and from cities in Galicia such as A Coruña, visible as a grey area by the coast on the left side of the image, and Santiago de Compostela, further inland.

Condensation Trails Over London and River Thames, United Kingdom

51.5N 0.7E

October 26th, 2010 Category: Clouds, Rivers, Sediments

UK - October 21st, 2010

Linear white condensation trails (or contrails) are visible in the air above London (left edge), the River Thames and the Thames Estuary, in England. Sediments from the river fill the estuary and pour out into the North Sea.

The condensation trails are white lines of clouds that form when water molecules cluster around airplane exhaust. The ones visible here are mostly likely from planes flying to or from one of London’s airports.

Condensation Trails Over Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada

46.0N 65W

October 24th, 2010 Category: Clouds, Sediments

Canada - October 14th, 2010

The air above the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia (right) and New Brunswick (left) is criss-crossed by airplane condensation trails (or contrails). These linear streaks form when water molecules gather around the exhaust released into the air by airplanes.

Also of note, although partially obscured by the contrails, are the rusty red sediments in Cobequid Bay (right) and Cognecto Bay (left), two inlets of the Bay of Fundy. As the sediments disperse into the bay, the water fades from red to green to blue.