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A Swirl of Clouds at the Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia

Credit: Produced from Copernicus Sentinel-2 data (), processed by Hatfield Consultants LLP

Steeped in Nuu-chah-nulth culture dating back thousands of years, the lowland forests, sandy beaches, and rocky nearshore ecosystems of Canada's rugged West Coast is an awe-inspiring landscape. With the Pacific Ocean stretching off as far as the eye can see, the Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island is famed for its surf and storms, as well its forests, beaches, and biodiversity.

This image shows a beautiful eddy in the low coastal clouds at the opening of Barkley Sound. We can also see Long Beach between Tofino and Ucluelet to the right and the starting point of the West Coast Trail near Bamfield immediately to the left.

Visualized in false colour infrared, the lush coastal forests appear in deep red in stark contrast to the dark sea of the Pacific and whirling white clouds. Inland we also see "popcorn" clouds on top of the coastal mountains.

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