Perpetual Ocean [hd video]

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This visualization shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through Decmeber 2007.


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  • Izabela Sliwinska PRO 3y

    ladybluedevil Click through to the Scientific Visualization Studio. They have a lot more meat over there as well as links to the data sets and who the scientists were that collaborated on it. The Flickr posts tend to be eye candy ... but it's such stunningly awesome eye candy. ;)
  • cyndiwise 3y

    All I see is a black screen - nothing displays. :-(
    Hmm, to post this comment I had to create a Flickr account and THEN I could see the video. Why doesn't it tell you that in the first place?
  • Izabela Sliwinska PRO 3y

    cyndiwise I don't think the issue had to do with not having an account. I checked this page on another machine where I was not signed in and the video plays. Maybe a browser plugin/setting that prevents playing video/music form untrusted sites or sites that you aren't logged into?
  • jomags 3y

    what causes those currents and those swirls?
  • piggyiscute9 3y

    Could those swirls come from the inner and outer continental shelves?
  • Modulatepics 3y

    Outstanding work. Honestly, how I imagined the currents moved and how they do are two completely different things. I pay the highest compliment when I say this actually changed, in a small but significant way, my view of how the world works.
  • Emma Crameri 3y

    Where's Australia?
  • fabcatfat 3y

    Where's the North Pacific Gyre?
  • fabcatfat 3y

    jomags Basically the heat from the sun causing temperature differences.
  • Enrique Francisco Denis Boza 3y

    maravilloso gracias
  • rozella3 3y

  • Vladimir Dgama 3y

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  • Gena Zaitseff 3y

    Yes swirly swirly sea like Van Gogh's starry starry night -everything in perpetual motion including us !камин из мрамора Stunning way for people to see natural forces at work
  • ale altieri 3y

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  • Diego da Cruz Pereira 2y

    very cool
  • PrimalOptic 2y

    Amazing demonstration of ocean-forces! Very educational... thank you...
  • Ken Pfister 2y

  • Andrew Ebright 2y

    the swirls are caused mainly by wind blowing the surface waters and the underlying layers of water's movement being altered by the coralis effect. At the equator, you can see the clockwsie spirals of the Northern hemisphere collide with the counter clockwise movements in the southern hemisphere.
  • erikaflugge PRO 1y

    this is beautiful. it looks like a van gogh in motion.
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