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Outer Aleutian Islands
NASA image acquired June 2, 2010

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Beneath the cloud cover in this image captured by the MODIS on the Terra satellite on June 2, 2010 are the outer Aleutian Islands. The Aleutians are a chain of islands that extend from Alaska toward the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.

The clouds trailing off the islands make interesting vortex patterns. The vortices are being formed by wind-driven clouds interacting with the highest points of the islands. The wind causes the clouds to flow around in the large, spinning eddies you see here.