Better Than A Van Gogh: NASA Visualizes All The World’s Ocean Currents. Our oceans are every bit as turbulent as “Starry Night.”
We imagine the ocean as having high tides and low tides, water that comes in and out in waves. Beyond that, how does water actually move around the world? What’s that flow look like?
What you’re looking at is the surface current flow (not anything deeper) of oceans around the world, recorded from 2006 to 2007. The white lines are the currents, and the darker blue colors of the water represent bathymetry (the fancy word for misnomer “ocean topography”).
NASA Scientific Visualization Studio assembled this remarkable animation of the surface currents of our oceans. It’s called Perpetual Ocean, and the full work is 20 minutes of HD video, assembled from a huge amount of satellite, on location, and computational data generated by ECCO2 (Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase 2). ECCO2 itself exists to better understand our oceans and their role in the changing global climate.
Watch the video HERE.
AMAZING idea of Rolling Stone magazine (Brazilian version) about the world water day (22nd March)!!
This is beyond cool. Really strong and relatable message.
Ghost Nets don’t discriminate…
[Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been abandoned at sea, lost accidentally, or deliberately discarded. They travel the oceans of the world with the currents and tides, continually fishing as they progress through the waters… This is an Australian Saltwater Crocodile found entangled in an Indonesian trawl net.]
- Photograph by Jacky Castellain
Seal meets girl. Seal falls in love with girl. The end.
If I had an Elephant Seal cuddle buddy, I’d forget all about him…probably.
Nature gifs are the best!
Ice Cold Water- by Sophie Bushwick
There’s something about the idea of towing an iceberg from sea to sea that appeals to one’s inner mad scientist (or rather, mad engineer). Most recently, entrepreneur Georges Mougin made news by backing up such a plan—to transport icebergs to drought-stricken regions as a source of freshwater—with digital technology.
Not surprisingly, it turns out this is more than twice the price per litre than water from desalination processes. Not to mention, most conservationists would quite like to see the icebergs remain where they are…
Big World in a Little Drop by Markus Reugels
Experiments with refractions in a drop!