Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Drifting ocean garbage, global simulation. This animation shows data from scientific buoys and a simulation of rubbish in the world's oceans. The first 30 seconds shows floating scientific buoys (white dots) over a period of around 35 years. The data is then adjusted to show the buoy starting points (from 00:30 to 00:40 seconds), with lines showing ships and planes that released buoys periodically. The simulation then looks at all the buoys simultaneously (00:40 to 00:50 seconds). The buoys accumulate into patches (brown, 00:50 to 00:60 seconds). These are the five known gyres in the world's oceans, also known as ocean garbage patches. The last 30 seconds of the simulation shows a computational model of ocean currents called ECCO-2, with the same result: the formation of five ocean garbage patches. The ocean buoy data is from the Global Drifter Database (1979 to 2013) maintained by NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. For separate and combined datasets, see clips K005/4103, K005/4101, and K005/4099. This simulation was published in 2015.

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Drifting ocean garbage, global simulation

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Duration: 00:01:30

Frame size: 1920x1080

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