Graphic shows sea winds mimic Van Gogh paintings

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NASA released a new graphic showing the patterns of the sea winds during a period of several years and the result bears a striking resemblance to Van Gogh’s famous portrayals of the night sky in his paintings.

Surface currents in the ocean are shaped by wind. In the NASA visualization, the ocean is rich with lazy spirals that move in great circular sweeps (called "gyres") clockwise in the northern hemisphere, counterclockwise in the south.

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