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The coolest mountain you never actually saw

The coolest mountain you never actually saw
Photo of "Fata Morgana" effect taken by Jeff Fogg near McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

It can go down as Antarctica's prettiest mountain that doesn't actually exist.

Our friend Jeff Fogg, who is from Issaquah but working a 6-month tour as a heavy equipment operator down at McMurdo Station on Antarctica, sent another great photo from his arctic environment.

This is of a mirage-like phenomenon called "Fata Morgana."  It has to do with light rays being reflected as the light travels through different densities of air masses, most likely related to temperature differences.

Here is a more complete explanation.