Monday, September 1, 2014
I never quite understood the galloping distances achieved with mirages. Here we have fifty, three hundred and right across the North Pole as well. That cities have been recognizexd usefully confirms the plausibility of our explanations.
There is no mystery here, bu a sense of wonder and the need to take notice of this rarely observed event in case it bites one somewhere and some time. Add in the natural confusion easily produced when traveling uncharted land and even the experienced can get badly stung. A mirage would provide an apparent landmark that could induce turn around in one's mental map. It only has to be a hill not there.
I wonder if this has actually happened?