Ocean salinity as recorded by Aquarius

Perpetual Ocean by NASA

Here’s another beautiful visualisation that reminds me of nothing so much as a Van Gogh painting. It was made by NASA, using some smart science coupled with satellite data that was detailed enough to resolve surface eddies and other fine current systems on the ocean surface. Ocean currents transport heat, making them relatively easy to detect with modern satellite technology.

Certain features of the land such as vertical heights have been exaggerated. Make sure you have sound on when you watch this, and check out the Circumpolar Current – it’s powerful!

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Via FlowingData and BoingBoing.

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Clare

Lapsed mathematician, creator of order, formulator of hypotheses. Lover of the ocean, being outdoors, the bush, reading, photography, travelling (especially in Africa) and road trips.

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