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From Laminar to Turbulent

Tidal currents often exhibit laminar flow characteristics such as are visible in the upper left and right corners of the above image. Throw in some nicely pointed headlands and islands, however, and you get the sorts of turbulent flow patterns that are evident in the lower portion of the image. The region shown includes some of the Shantar Islands and part of Uda Bay in the western Sea of Okhotsk.

This scene was collected by Landsat 8 on September 24, 2021. Click on it to get a larger version.