Sunglint at Indonesia’s Lombok Strait

Sunglint at Lombok Strait

The ocean appears bright silver in this image of Indonesia’s Lombok Strait due to an optical effect known as sunglint, caused by the mirror-like reflection of sunlight off the water’s surface as seen by the satellite sensor. Although sunglint washes out many features, it also reveals details about the water surface that are usually hidden from view. In this case, sunglint exposes the waves created by the movement of currents in the ocean water.

Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC


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