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I Remember, as a child, driving with my mother and seeing some water on the highway up ahead. I warned her, thinking she would want to slow down. She told me there wasn't any water there; it was something called a mirage. She went on to explain that is when something appears to be in front of you but isn't. I didn't believe her, since the "water" looked real, but when we got to that place in the highway where I thought there was water, I found there wasn't any. In fact, there wasn't anything on the road at all!

A mirage is an optical illusion involving the bending of rays of light by unevenly heated air. But when we see a mirage on the road, we don't see rays of light being manipulated by varying temperatures. Our limited view of the situation perceives water on the road.

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