Science in Pictures



diamond dust

diamond dust

methane bubble

methane bubbel


temp inversion

temperature inversion

ice fog

ice fog




  A mirage is a naturally-occurring optical phenomenon, in which light rays are bent to produce a displaced image of distant objects or the sky. The word comes from the Latin mirare, meaning 'to appear, to seem'. This is the same root as for mirror. Like a mirror, a mirage shows images of things which are elsewhere. The principal physical cause of a mirage, however, is refraction and not reflection.
  A mirage is not an optical illusion. It is a real phenomenon, and one can take photographs of it. The interpretation of the image, however, is up to the fantasy of inferior human minds.

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For more information about this project please contact
Doug Goering (907) 474-5059 or Kenji Yoshikawa (907) 474-6090
INE/UAF P.O.Box 755910, 306 Tanana Dr. Fairbanks AK 99775-5910
Techinical support: Tohru Saito
Field work support by VECO and MW Drilling
Alaska EPSCoR is funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of Alaska.