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Floating islands illusion

Post 1


Why do islands on the horizon appear to have cut in pieces at each end? I know it is a mirage like you get with heat waves in the desert on a hot, sunny day but does anybody know how it works and why?

Floating islands illusion

Post 2


I thought smiley - island from a distance looked like a polar bear?
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Isle_of_Wight_polar_bear_-_geograph.org.uk_-_509188.jpg (not the best photo of it)


Floating islands illusion

Post 3

paulh, vaccinated against the Omigod Variant

A polar bear could be all right. A bipolar one would be unpredictable....

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