Our perpetual oceans


Amazing display of the worlds currents.

Oceanwire

A fascinating and rather zen animation of ocean surface currents from 2005 through 2007, from NASA satellites.

As NASA notes: “Watch how bigger currents like the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean and the Kuroshio in the Pacific carry warm waters across thousands of miles at speeds greater than four miles per hour (six kilometers per hour); how coastal currents like the Agulhas in the Southern Hemisphere move equatorial waters toward Earth’s poles; and how thousands of other ocean currents are confined to particular regions and form slow-moving, circular pools called eddies.”

This animation was made using ECCO model-data synthesis (ECCO is a NASA project otherwise known as “Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean”).

“ECCO model-data syntheses are being used to quantify the ocean’s role in the global carbon cycle, to understand the recent evolution of the polar oceans, to monitor time-evolving heat, water, and chemical exchanges within…

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