Maldives, Indian Ocean
The Republic of Maldives comprises over one thousand paradisiacal coral islands far out in the Indian Ocean, only about two hundred of which are inhabited. The average elevation of which is a little more than 3 feet, which makes it the lowest country in the world.
Alejandro Selkirk Island, South Pacific Ocean
The Juan Fernandez Islands off the coast of Chile measure just under a mile across, but the tiny island of Alejandro Selkirk has an elevation of 5,000 feet, reaching the layer of stratocumulus clouds pictured above. “The result is a type of flow known as a von Karmen vortex street. This striking, curly pattern of eddies can also be seen in clouds, and fluids or air moving past rounded objects such as an airplane wing.”
All images courtesy of NASA.