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NASA's pretty 'Perpetual Motion' project animates ocean currents

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Aug. 8, 2012 at 1:03 PM   |   Comments

Aug. 8 (UPI) -- NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio developed the "Perpetual Ocean" project, using ocean flow data to visualize surface currents around the world, with captivating results.

With data from ECCO2--Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean--NASA created 3-minute and 20-minute long tours of churning ocean circulation represented by the white swirls of the currents and the dark blue colors of water--a living representation of Van Gogh's most famous painting of the night sky.

According to a NASA release, ECCO's visualizations are used to better understand the the ocean's evolving role in the global climate.

[Via Fast Company]

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