STS100-710-182

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Spacecraft nadir point: 45.6° N, 141.2° E

Photo center point: 45.0° N, 141.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: South

Spacecraft Altitude: 211 nautical miles (391km)
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Image Caption: Distinct von Karmen vortices are forming in the stratocumulus field downwind from the volcanic island of Rishiri-to in the northern Sea of Japan off the northwest coast of Hokkaido, Japan. These features form when a stable atmosphere with low clouds flows past a relatively small obstacle with a height greater than the depth of the cloud layer. Because the atmosphere is stable, a series of eddies form in the moving cloud field.