New Wave Media

August 20, 2015

NASA Animations Depict the Formation of Ocean Garbage Patches

Image: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

Image: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

Researchers at NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio have produced several animations to depict the formation of garbage patches throughout the world’s oceans.

 
Using two models, one simulating the movement of particles propelled by surface currents and the other tracking the migration of floating buoys distributed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) over the last 35-years, the researchers were able to identify and illustrate how debris in the oceans gathers into garbage patches around the world.
 
 
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