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Mirages made Easy


THE very interesting account of a mirage in this week's NATURE induces me to send a few observations. The mirage phenomenon is by no means so uncommon in England as many think. Three or four summers ago, on a strip of sand three miles long at Morcambe Bay, I was able to see one almost every hot day, by simply stooping until my eyes were about a yard above the ground. The further part of the sand then appeared as a lake of water, with objects reflected, &c. The nearer edge of this lake receded as the eyes were raised, the whole soon becoming invisible. I saw the same effects last summer off the Holderness Coast, but again only by stooping. At Cambridge I have lately seen a very good lateral mirage, by looking closely along the surface of a wall fifty yards in length, which had been exposed for some hours to a western sun. Objects near the further end of the wall were distinctly reflected.

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WHITMELL, C. Mirages made Easy. Nature 2, 337 (1870).

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