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STS040-614-047 and STS040-614-048 These sunglint photographs,
taken along the coast of Virginia at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay,
show an incredible amount of horizontal variability, the likes of
which have never been seen before in this area. It's not that
this variability is unique, but rather that surface measurements
and satellite imagery of water color do not show structure of
this complexity. Presently, the hand-held photographs of the
sunglint pattern collected during Space Shuttle flights are the
only data that reveal these potentially important features.

Norfolk and the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, VA, (37.5N, 75.5W) was exposed in sunglint conditions to emphasizes water surface patterns. Outgoing tides from the bay generate considerable turbulence as they encounter coastal ocean currents and can be observed as differences in the reflective properties of the water surface. Smooth flowing water has high reflectivity. Turbulent water has a rough surface and low reflectance. Ship wakes can also be seen.