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our dancing waters

From NASA, A beautiful visualization of ocean currents, showing how the waters of Planet Earth move.

(Good for story research, too)

Here is a link to the NASA page where you can download the video.


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Nov. 14th, 2014 01:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, look at those patterns! (I know this is dumb, but my first thought was, 'acting just like water!' Because the swirls remind me of putting food coloring of some other colored liquid in water, jiggling it, and watching the patterns as it spreads and diffuses)
Nov. 14th, 2014 01:20 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean, though, absolutely! These images (or ones like them) were featured in an article that compared them to Van Gogh's Starry Sky, too.
Nov. 14th, 2014 01:23 pm (UTC)
This makes you realise how vast Australia's Great Barrier Reef is! You can actually see it moderating the ocean flow!
Nov. 14th, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
Yes! Very, very cool.
Nov. 14th, 2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
And how vast is the Pacific Ocean, which seems to be 1/2 of the globe. Very cool video. What a fab planet we have.
Nov. 15th, 2014 03:27 pm (UTC)
Don't we just!
Nov. 14th, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
Now I know that Van Gogh must have been able to astral travel. :D I saw your comment about him being mentioned in an article that relates to these images, so I'm not the only one who thinks so. :P

And how cool are the patterns around the equator! ♥
Nov. 15th, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
sartorias was talking about food coloring in water and how it swirls, and that got me remembering/realizing: fluid dynamics. So pretty. Anything that swirls and eddies like that (sand and snow, too, and smoke).
Nov. 15th, 2014 08:06 am (UTC)
My internet is being temperamental and tells me only that"an error has occurred; please try again later." But the still picture was lovely! :)
Nov. 15th, 2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry! I hope it will work later. Let me get you the link to the actual NASA site: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=3827&button=search&value=ECCO2
Nov. 17th, 2014 11:58 am (UTC)
Whoops! Thanks! In my excitement, I commented below instead of here! :)
Nov. 17th, 2014 12:51 pm (UTC)
Hee, no worries at all ^_^
Nov. 15th, 2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
Yup, Van Gogh was the first thing I thought of as well. :p
Nov. 15th, 2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
PROOF that Van Gogh visited the future.
Nov. 15th, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
In Doctor Who, Van Gogh did visit the future. The question is, "Is Doctor Who really fantasy?'
Nov. 15th, 2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
It's a documentary *cleverly disguised* as fantasy!
Nov. 16th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
It's so pretty! Now I understand why it's so warm in Western Europe compared to the same latitudes in Canada, the Gulf Stream looks like steam getting out of a pressure cooker ;)

(and that's possibly the first thing I see where the Mediterranean looks so dull compared to the rest!)
Nov. 17th, 2014 12:51 pm (UTC)
I said the same thing about the Gulf Stream, but then my husband reminded me that the Gulf Stream is an **air** current, and that we're looking here at *ocean* currents. I imagine they must run more or less in parallel, though--and when you think that we have patterns like this in both the air and the water, it just makes the dance of the planet seem all the more complex and beautiful.
Nov. 17th, 2014 02:23 pm (UTC)
It's an air current?? Huh. The things you think you know...
Nov. 17th, 2014 02:25 pm (UTC)
belay that--he was wrong!
I just checked, and it **is** an ocean current.
So you and I were right :D

Maybe he was confused because he was thinking of the *jet* stream.

Edited at 2014-11-17 02:25 pm (UTC)
Nov. 17th, 2014 11:57 am (UTC)
Oh, how beautiful!! How lovely the world is! Thank you!!

(very much indeed! :) )
Nov. 17th, 2014 12:48 pm (UTC)
So glad you were able to see it ♥
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