sun glint

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A bright area of water in both visible and near-infrared images of the Earth, caused by the reflection of sunlight from the surface, and particularly strong when wave-heights are low. Observations of this area may reveal minor changes in reflectivity, such as those caused by oil-slicks. The intense illumination also allows suitable instruments to obtain high-precision measurements of atmospheric components, such as carbon-dioxide determinations by the Orbiting Carbon Observatory.

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