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Lenticular Clouds

Ever wonder the truth about UFOs? Avoided by traditional pilots but loved by sailplane aviators,

lenticular clouds are masses of cloud with strong internal uplift that can drive a motorless flyer to high elevations. Their shape is quite often mistaken for a mysterious flying object or the artificial cover for one. Generally, lenticular clouds are formed as wind speeds up while moving around a large land object such as a mountain.Read more at http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2009/02/08/amazing-natural-formations-phenomena/#dzVWlmeL06GSkCJ4.99 Named after peak-hooded New Mexican monks (lower right above), penitentes are dazzling naturally-forming ice blades that stick up at sharp angles toward the sun. Rarely found except at high altitudes, they can grow up taller than a human and form in vast fields. As ice melts in particular patterns, ‘valleys’ formed by initial melts leave ‘mountains’ in their wake. Strangely, these formations ultimately slow the melting process as the peaks cast shadows on the deeper surfaces below and allow for winds to blow over the peaks, cooling them. Read more at http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2009/02/08/amazing-natural-formations-phenomena/#dzVWlmeL06GSkCJ4.99
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