Question

Mirage is a phenomenon due to:

Solution

Correct option is

Total internal reflection of light

When a light ray travels from denser layer to rarer layer, it bends away from the normal. In case of a number of layers, for a particular layer, the condition of total internal reflection (sin i > 1/n) is satisfied. Now the ray finally enters the eye of the observer. The observer sees an inverted image of the object as if reflected from water surface.  

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