Pancake Sunset - S.Pedro de Moel, Portugal

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Pancake Sunset at S.Pedro de Moel, Portugal
. Imaged by Luis Carreira (site) June 2003. A mock-mirage, M-Mir sunset produced by more than one inversion layer. The complex bright upper image of the sun descends and forms a 'tin hat' shape characteristic of strong inversions. Below it a dimmer inverted image rises. The striations from lower left to upper right are produced by waves in the inversion layers. Lower still, a dim third inverted image ascends from the ocean - this image could be one seen through the far end of a leaky thermal inversion duct. Image ©2003 Luis Carreira, shown with permission.