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Selkirk Island is not the only place where Landsat has seen vortex streets. Other places where this phenomenon is common are nearby Robinson Crusoe Island; the Kuril Islands, Russia; Guadalupe Island, off the western coast of Mexico; and the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. The reason for the cloud patterns is the same: tall, steep-sided islands that affect the motion of passing clouds. That first image over Selkirk Island in September 1999, however, is still the clearest vortex street Landsat has recorded.

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Jan. 12, 2014, Landsat 8 (path/row 5/83) — Robinson Crusoe Island
Aug. 12, 2002, Landsat 5 (path/row 40/40) — Guadalupe Island
Jan. 20, 2015, Landsat 8 (path/row 40/40) — Guadalupe Island
July 1, 2016, Landsat 8 (path/row 40/40) — Guadalupe Island
Aug. 18, 2016, Landsat 8 (path/row 40/40) — Guadalupe Island
Sep. 3, 2016, Landsat 8 (path/row 40/40) — Guadalupe Island
June 4, 2008, Landsat 5 (path/row 85/24) — Aleutian Islands
June 4, 2008, Landsat 5 (path/row 85/24) — Aleutian Islands close up
July 28, 2016, Landsat 8 (path/row 85/24) — Aleutian Islands
Nov. 15, 2013, Landsat 8 (path/row 85/24) — Aleutian Islands
July 4, 2002, Landsat 7 (path/row 79/24) — Aleutian Islands
May 4, 2005, Landsat 7 (path/row 101/26) — Kuril Islands
Sept. 5, 2001, Landsat 7 (path/row 102/28) — Kuril Islands
May 6, 2000, Landsat 7 (path/row 101/26) — Kuril Islands
May 6, 2000, Landsat 7 (path/row 101/26) — Kuril Islands close up
Apr. 19, 2014, Landsat 8 (path/row 101/26) — Kuril Islands

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