Thursday, May 29, 2008

Flotsam tracking

This is a fairly long video, but it's pretty interesting. An oceanographer tracks ocean currents by where floating trash washes up ashore. It turns out there's a big collection of trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Central America, and when a cargo ship loses 80,000 Nike shoes, it's a scientific bounty of data points. Even stranger, left shoes and right shoes end up getting steered toward different beaches.

1 Comments:

At Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 4:33:00 PM PDT, Anonymous doafy said...

Fascinating. Also of note: the interviewer's prominent turquoise bra strap through much of the piece.

 

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