Back cover photo

This image of a 300-km-wide area was acquired on 16 October 1996 by the Canadian RADARSAT. It is one of a set of spaceborne synthetic aperture radar images acquired during the past fall and winter in support of research being conducted by APL's Space Oceanography Group. Various oceanic and atmospheric expressions are evident just to the south of Cape Hatteras, where the warm Gulf Stream leaves the continental shelf. (© 1996 Canadian Space Agency. Courtesy of R. C. Beal.)