A Trippy Time-Lapse Visualization of the Ocean's Currents

Swirling currents circle the globe in this mesmerizing 3D model of the Earth's oceans. NASA writes, "Some [currents] span hundreds to thousands of miles across vast ocean basins in well-defined flows. Others are confined to particular regions and form slow-moving, circular pools. Seen from space, the circulating waters offer a study in both chaos and order." Mark Wilson at FastCoDesign calls it "better than a Van Gogh," but compare the video and Starry Night, below, and decide for yourself! 


Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night, via Wikipedia

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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