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NASA presents mesmerizing visualization of Earth's ocean currents
MNN ^ | 4/1/12 | Bryan Nelson

Posted on 04/01/2012 9:53:45 PM PDT by LibWhacker

Watch in awe as the world's eddying ocean currents swirl in a Van Gogh-esque grandeur.

Click here to watch the three minute "Perpetual Ocean" video on YouTube

A stunning new animated video produced by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Earth showcases the flow of the world's ocean currents swirling in a captivating splendor. The video, titled "Perpetual Ocean," takes an astronaut's view, as if the viewer is in a waltz-like dance orbiting around the Earth.

The flow of the ocean currents in the presentation are derived from real data collected over two years spanning from 2005 to 2007. The visualization does not include a narration or annotations, but is accompanied by a hypnotic soundtrack. The music, together with the Van Gogh-esque swirls in the oceans, generates a mesmerizing, visceral experience for the viewer. Be prepared for the intense desire to press play again.

Data for the video is based on the MIT general circulation model, which synthesizes satellite and in-situ data of the global ocean and sea-ice flow, according to NASA's Science Visualization Studio. Only the surface flows are used in this visualization, but the dark patterns under the ocean represent the undersea bathymetry. Topographic land exaggeration is 20x and bathymetric exaggeration is 40x.

More video options are also available for download at the Studio's website, including a 20 minute version of ocean flows at 30 frames per second without the soundtrack, in case you're looking to completely lose yourself (and your day!) in the presentation.

Overall the video shows just how complex and vital the oceans are, and the intricacy by which heat and carbon is transferred and transported. It's also fascinating to follow the tiny details of the currents regionally. Try imagining yourself as a tiny paper boat and see where they might take you. The exercise may reveal an amazing amount about how connected faraway places really are via the world's ocean currents. It's a global world indeed.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Computers/Internet; Science
KEYWORDS: currents; earth; nasa; ocean; oceancurrents
I don't know anything about "MNN" or whether it's a leftist rag (it probably is). It's just a cool video that shows the world's ocean currents, which I've never seen before.
1 posted on 04/01/2012 9:53:55 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Very cool!


2 posted on 04/01/2012 10:00:42 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: LibWhacker

First time I’ve seen it, too, and it’s a keeper


3 posted on 04/01/2012 10:02:38 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
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To: LibWhacker
Better than a lava lamp ☺
4 posted on 04/01/2012 10:03:47 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: LibWhacker

Thanks for the links!


5 posted on 04/01/2012 10:09:13 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: LibWhacker
Here's another interesting one. It's US wind currents:

Wind Map

6 posted on 04/01/2012 10:09:44 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Apparently Denver sucks LOL


7 posted on 04/01/2012 10:18:35 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: LibWhacker

Why does the article say JPL but the end of the video says Goddard? “Enquiring minds want to know!”


8 posted on 04/01/2012 10:20:33 PM PDT by StevieB
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To: Windflier

Very nice! Thanks. Bookmarked.


9 posted on 04/01/2012 10:20:41 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Why does the article say JPL but the end of the video says Goddard? “Enquiring minds want to know!”


10 posted on 04/01/2012 10:20:51 PM PDT by StevieB
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To: LibWhacker

Thanks for posting this.


11 posted on 04/01/2012 10:29:57 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming HOAX is about Global Governance)
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To: LibWhacker

Makes me think of this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiiQcyoKWjQ


12 posted on 04/01/2012 10:31:36 PM PDT by Tramonto
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To: SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle

fyi


13 posted on 04/01/2012 10:33:11 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming HOAX is about Global Governance)
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To: StevieB
Why does the article say JPL but the end of the video says Goddard?

Sloppy writing.. JPL was probably mentioned in the root article, but in association with the root software that was developed to try to explain the observations of Jupiter. JPL is unmanned interplanetary missions, Goddard is unmanned orbital missions.

14 posted on 04/01/2012 10:55:26 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: mylife
Apparently Denver sucks LOL

And Houston blows .. LOL

15 posted on 04/01/2012 10:57:31 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: LibWhacker

Bm


16 posted on 04/01/2012 11:03:55 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Kill all the terrorists; protect all the borders, ridicule all the (surviving) Liberals :^)
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To: Windflier

Apparently.


17 posted on 04/01/2012 11:06:32 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Whole lot of swirling going on. Transferring any significant amounts of atmospheric heat back into the cooling oceans to keep the 33 degree C figure just about on beam for thousands and thousands of years on end.


18 posted on 04/01/2012 11:17:23 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle
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To: LibWhacker

Pfl.


19 posted on 04/01/2012 11:33:24 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: LibWhacker

Ping


20 posted on 04/02/2012 3:49:56 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: LibWhacker
interesting how the west coast of America and South America have the lease amount of activity
21 posted on 04/02/2012 4:58:24 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: LibWhacker
Nice Coriolis.
22 posted on 04/02/2012 5:33:06 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: Marine_Uncle

This vid settles the legend about the opposing swirling direction of water going down bathtub drains in the northern vs. southern hemispheres.


23 posted on 04/02/2012 5:46:18 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: shove_it

Lol!


24 posted on 04/02/2012 12:50:38 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle
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To: Marine_Uncle; LibWhacker
On second thought, after rereading this NASA produced article, the very same agency that gave us global warming alarmist James Hansen, this vid is called an estimation of the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean.

Caveat emptor. Hollywood and ManBearPig are probably involved too.

25 posted on 04/02/2012 2:55:33 PM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: shove_it

I take all that comes out of NASA and say NOAA with a grain of salt in recent years. The agenda has been so well elucidated. Time for a break. It is din din time for me.


26 posted on 04/02/2012 2:59:43 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Ernest.


27 posted on 04/02/2012 4:43:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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