Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Perpetual Oceans Video

Here is another very cool example of dynamic geology art. This video, called Perpetual Ocean, was created by NASA and shows the movement of ocean currents over a period spanning from July 2005 to October 2007. The video is silent and simply shows the swirls and patterns of ocean currents around the globe. The video was created using a computer model called Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II (ECCO2). The model incorporates ocean temperature and flow data to create a web of white and blue lines that reflects the velocity of ocean currents. According to NASA their goal was "to use ocean flow data to create a simple, visceral experience."  In my opinion they succeeded in a big way! This video is truly beautiful and is another great example of geology art in that it unifies impact and is beauty. Enjoy the video!


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