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Q: mirages ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: mirages
Category: Science > Physics
Asked by: stealgoalzz-ga
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Posted: 07 Jun 2005 16:18 PDT
Expires: 07 Jul 2005 16:18 PDT
Question ID: 530581
how do mirages form
Subject: Re: mirages
Answered By: djbaker-ga on 07 Jun 2005 16:53 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Greetings StealGoalzz,
In short Mirages form because of a sudden shift in air density within
the atomosphere.

"On a sunnier day, the light heading straight toward you acts just
like it usually does -- it doesn't move through different layers of
air density, so it doesn't bend much. But some of the light that would
normally hit the ground actually bends in midair because it moves from
the cooler, denser air level into the hotter, less dense air right
above the ground."

A more detailed explanation (with lots of nice pictures) can be found at 

How Stuff Works "How Mirages Work"

Other sites containing information on mirages that you might be interested in...

Wikipedia - Mirage

Atmospheric Optical Mirages

Artic Mirages

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stealgoalzz-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
thanks its perfect

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