Illustration of cirrus clouds, which are characterized by thin, wisplike strands, often accompanied by tufts, leading to their common (non-standard) name of mare's tail. Cirrus clouds are formed when water vapor freezes into ice crystals at altitudes above 8000 meters (26,000 ft). Due to the sparse moisture at a high altitude, they tend to be very thin.

High clouds: Cirrus

Illustration of cirrus clouds, which are characterized by thin, wisplike strands, often accompanied by tufts, leading to their common (non-standard) name of mare's tail. Cirrus clouds are formed when water vapor freezes into ice crystals at altitudes above 8000 meters (26,000 ft). Due to the sparse moisture at a high altitude, they tend to be very thin.

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Author(s)Tracey Saxby
Author CompanyIntegration and Application Network
Date Created2005-06-27
AlbumEcosystems > Meteorology/Climate
TypeSymbol
Project(s)USA-Australia Virtual Environmental Partnership
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Filesize12 kB (svg)   51 kB (png)
Number of Downloads190
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Required AttributionTracey Saxby, Integration and Application Network (ian.umces.edu/media-library)