Nacreous Clouds Above Ross Island
This image shows nacreous clouds above Ross Island, Antarctica. These polar stratospheric clouds, at 80,000 feet, are the highest of all clouds. They only occur in the polar regions when the stratospheric temperature dips below 100 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. They are also the site of chemical reactions that break down ozone in the upper atmosphere and contribute to the creation of the ozone hole above Antarctica.
Image credit: Chad Carpenter, National Science Foundation