Finnish 'ghost island' appears out of nowhere
By T.K. Randall
February 28, 2019 · 10 comments
Is this really an island or is something else going on ? Image Credit: Twitter / Lapin rajavartiosto
A border control team in Finland couldn't believe their eyes when they spotted a whole new island in Lake Inari.
The island, which seemed to have appeared completely out of nowhere in the middle of the frozen lake in Finland's northernmost Lapland region, gave the team quite the shock, however as it turned out, not everything was quite as it seemed.
"A new island has emerged in front of Papinsaari," border patrol Tweeted. "The Ivalo patrol has captured this phenomenon on the camera in a clear -25 C frost."
But could an entire island really have appeared so quickly and without any sign of volcanic activity ?
As it turns out, what the patrolmen were actually seeing was not an island at all but a mirage - a convincing visual phenomenon that is more typically associated with hot desert environments.
It is caused by the way light travels through atmospheric layers when there is a steady temperature gradient - reflecting and refracting the landscape in unexpected ways.
Source: Sputnik International
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