Gaia HypothesisNASA's Scientific Visualization Studio produced a visualization of ocean surface currents around the world from June 2005 through December 2007 titled Perpetual Ocean (shown below). This stunningly beautiful animation seems to communicate to us like a living organism.
The Gaia Hypothesis proposes that all organisms and their inorganic surroundings on Earth are closely integrated to form a single and self-regulating complex system, maintaining the conditions for life on the planet.
~ Gaia Hypothesis, from Wikipedia.
We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.The Gaia Hypothesis was formulated by scientist and futurologist James Lovelock and co-developed by American microbiologist Lynn Margulis in the 1970s. The Gaia Hypothesis, initially met with hostility in the scientific community, is now a widely accepted field of study in geophysiology and Earth System Science.
~ John F. Kennedy
The massive whirlpools of ocean currents are reminiscent of the luminous swirling stars in the painting The Starry Night by Dutch post-impressionist Vincent van Gogh.