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Eddies spotted by ISS off Russia’s coast

Eddies are a whirlpool-like phenomena caused by obstructions of flow. You can find them everywhere! Just move your spoon through your cup of coffee and watch the eddies spin off. No, eddy is not a person…

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The irregular south-eastern coastline of Kamchatka provokes large, circular eddy currents to spin off from the main south-westward-flowing Kamchatka current. Three such eddies are highlighted by surface ice floe patterns at image center. The patterns are very difficult (and dangerous) to navigate in an ocean vessel. While the floes may look thin and delicate from the ISS vantage point, even the smaller ice chunks are several metres across.