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Swirling Eddies and Seaweed by NASA

Swirling Eddies and Seaweed, 2015


Off the coast of South Korea, this satellite photograph shows swirling eddies that sweep across the scattered islands like large brushstrokes of bright aquamarine. Next to the rocky outcrops puncturing this ocean canvas we can make out the grid-like patterns of seaweed farms. The contrast of the paint-like swirls, the orderly grids below, and the islands themselves, which punctuate the surface like an abstract relief sculpture, create the illusion of a remarkable mixed-media collage of textures, colors and shapes.

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