Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Our Global Heat Engine ~ from space and within the ocean - a five star video

As someone who’s spent his entire life in love with and learning about our fantastic planet, it’s dynamics, it’s history, it’s wonders, I've seen a lot of documentaries, some good, some awful and a few excellent.  Recently I've discovered one of the best Earth education videos I've seen regarding our planet's dynamics.
I'm sharing it here because I’ve often talked about the Global Heat Distribution Engine and fear (based on various blogosphere responses I’ve received) that this concept flies right over the head of most.  Well, this presentation of our planet as the living organism it is - goes a long way to making our one and only planet's complex dynamics and interactions understandable.  It’s a hour and a half tour describing what scientists have observed and learned about our planet. 
It rarely mentions our current AGW warming situation, instead focusing on describing how the various components of our climate work together to spawn weather.  If you’re interested in learning about how our planet functions, this video is a must-see
Earth From Space (HD)
Published on Aug 20, 2012 Playtime: 1:31:32 Earth Playlist-

Venture on an epic quest to discover the invisible forces and occurrences that sustain life on this planet and - for the first time - see these processes in action in EARTH FROM SPACE.This sweeping two-hour {yippy 29 minutes of commercials we get to miss}  special reveals the Earth’s deepest mysteries, captured in breath-taking detail, and raises profound questions and challenges the old assumptions of how it all works. 
Using the latest CGI technology, and joining NASA and the world’s foremost Earth scientists, EARTH FROM SPACE transforms raw satellite data into a visible spectrum, offering viewers authentic, high-definition moving images that vividly illustrate these processes at work.

In consultation with more than 220 scientific experts from 18 international Earth sciences research agencies and academic institutions, highlights from EARTH FROM SPACE reveal:

A hurricane - observed from the inside - is an intricately-organized structure.
See how it bonds water to atmosphere, and releases heat into space, cooling parts of the Atlantic by 4C.
The Amazon produces 20% of the Earth’s fresh water.Where does all this water go and what is its effect on air circulating around the planet and life across the globe?

See how solar storms puncturing great holes in the magnetic field raise new questions about the disruptive effect they have on life on a microscopic level.
Data shows that the top three meters of the ocean stores more heat than the entire atmosphere - overturning the long-held assumptions about how the ocean controls weather and climate.

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