The Kerguelen Islands in the Indian Ocean •

Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features an astronaut view of the Kerguelen Islands in the southern Indian Ocean.

On the western side of the islands, winds were pushing low-lying clouds against the shore. At the same time, ship wave clouds appear rippling over  smaller outlying islands. 

In the bottom if the image, sunglint highlights waves that are moving toward the southern coastline.

The Kerguelen Islands are much closer to Antarctica than to Africa and Australia, and are isolated from human populations. One small settlement, Port-aux-Français, hosts seasonal researchers for scientific studies.
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