Phenomena

Sedimentary Swirls

Sediment swirls in Bear Lake caught the eye of an astronaut aboard the International Space Station last year. Bear Lake is situated in the Rocky Mountains, on the Idaho-Utah border. The eddies in the center of the lake are each about 3 km across and are likely the result of inflow from the lake’s tributaries. Silt and sediment picked up by the rivers and streams gets deposited into Bear Lake, revealing the turbulent mixing of tributary waters with those already in the lake. (Image credit: NASA; via NASA Earth Observatory)

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