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English: This Landsat 7 image of clouds off the Chilean coast near the Juan Fernandez Islands (also known as the Robinson Crusoe Islands) on September 15, 1999, shows a unique pattern called a "von Kármán vortex street." This pattern has long been studied in the laboratory, where the vortices are created by oil flowing past a cylindrical obstacle, making a string of vortices only several tens of centimeters long. Study of this classic "flow past a circular cylinder" has been very important in the understanding of laminar and turbulent fluid flow that controls a wide variety of phenomena, from the lift under an aircraft wing to Earth's weather.
Français : Une allée de tourbillon de Karman dans les nuages provoquée par la rencontre entre du vent et une île des Juan Fernandez. Image prise par le satellite Landsat 7. Ce type de tourbillon est courament étudié au laboratoire, mais dans ce ces, ils ne font que quelques centimètres de long.
Date 15 September 1999(1999-09-15)
Source http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=3328 (original JPEG)
Author Bob Cahalan, NASA GSFC
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