Dec 14, 2009
These are the warp of Aphrodite's Loom, with the greater currents (Gulf Stream, etc) being the woof.
Who shall be the inventor whose gear can pull juice out of these 500 kilometer-long (crest to crest), 6 centimeter tall (trough to crest) ocean waves that crisscross the seven seas in 150 kilometer wide bands stretching from the surface to the seafloor, traveling at a stately 1-1.5 centimeters per second? That inventor will get his or her own Rushmore-like mountain by a thankful global community
What causes the striped flows? “They are a fascinating new aspect to the ocean’s circulation, but the jury is still out on the mechanisms leading to their formation,” says Geoff Vallis of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton University."
Look at the striation currents swirl endlessly around and around Antarctica: They're the jewel. There's Aphrodite's Spinning Wheel! 15,000 mile around.