Sunday, April 8, 2012

NASA Video of Global Ocean Currents

My friend Ian showed me this gorgeous video created by scientists at NASA—it's a time lapse composite of ocean currents worldwide. Not only is it visually stunning, but it's highly informative. This video transforms the abstract image we have in our heads of ocean currents into a dynamic, observable map, from which we can easily extract patterns and information.

It's also just great to look at.

Look at how the flow of water interacts with itself and the land elements. The patterns of ocean motion become so much easier to understand with this visualization. Wouldn't it be great if wind currents could be layered on top of this video, so we could get a clear picture of how they are affected by ocean currents?


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