Cloud Whirlpool over the Alboran Sea

Cloud Whirlpool over the Alboran Sea
  • Credit:

    Image provided by the USGS EROS Data Center Satellite Systems Branch as part of the Earth as Art II image series.

This true-color image shows a giant whirlpool cloud, coaxed into shape by high-altitude winds, swirling above the sea between Spain and Morocco. The scene was acquired on August 21, 2002, by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite.

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  • Data Date:

    August 21, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    August 15, 2004
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - ASTER


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