Sunday, January 13, 2013



12/13/2013 updated 2/22/2016  

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Public Domain Image: We first printed this feature and link last summer. This is now a featured link in our Oceanography Section.  We reintroduce it here for our newer readers as a sample of the kind of interesting interactive links including "Listen To The Oceans", and a Virtual Dive site that can be found in our Oceanography Section, which is not just for professional Oceanographers.

 Follow the Hyperlink in this Posting for an Educational and Relaxing Lesson in the World Ocean Currents System.

 In our last blog post we described just a little of the miserable working conditions in certain sectors of the American Merchant Marine documented by the National Mariner's Association (NMA). It was some pretty depressing news which we will have to follow up on. Before that we invited you to think, speak and write in reply to our challenge regarding climate change, a fact of life affected by ocean currents, a challenge that is still open. The state of climate change has been pretty depressing and we will have to revisit that issue again in the near future. Meanwhile, we don't want you to be "bummed out" and we certainly don't want to leave you with the impression that we only carry bad news. So here we present some good clean dry fun with a wet subject.

 Every Fall the TV weather guys and girls give us all something of a micro lesson on ocean currents as they speculate over the relative severity of the on coming winter. El Nino, La Nina, the Gulf Stream all have parts to play. But these most famous ocean currents are but a tiny fraction of the oceans circulatory system, which in turn is part of the earth's heat management system. Understanding the whole system seems like a Herculean task. In fact, to the extent that being able to visualize it is understanding, understanding can be fun and relaxing.

 Some earth scientists at NASA have put together a computerized visualization aid on the planet's global ocean current system. It is even set to relaxing music. So sit back in your favorite barco lounger, hit the hyperlink, kick back and enjoy a God's eye view of the ocean as it circulates. The NASA guys posted this to You Tube and we link you because that's what we do, review and post the information on all things maritime because we like the maritime world and we know how. We'll get back to the news of the issues of the day soon, but this show reminds us why we went into the marine professions in the first place, all lousy working conditions, pay issues, and under and over regulation disputes aside. 

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