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A unique cloud formation appears south of the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. The clockwise and counterclockwise spirals in this image, the so-called Von Karman vortices, were created as wind blowing from the north over the Atlantic was disturbed by the archipelago.

CREDIT: ESA.

Source:
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Earth_from_Space_Swirling_cloud_art