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El Nino image Here's an image of the Pacific Ocean's heights or topography that was taken by Toppy the satellite. The North American continent is shown as black in this image, since the mission of the satellite is to measure the oceans.

This picture shows an El Niño event. El Niño is a warming of the water along the Pacific Equator. The warmer water (shown as white and red/orange) moves toward the South American and sometimes North American continents and has a dramatic impact on the climate.

To see current images of sea level height and for information about the current El Niño event, visit the TOPEX/POSEIDON Equatorial Pacific Sea Level Analysis web page.

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Last Modified: Thu Aug 05, 1999