The One Ocean of the World, and a Collage for LMAC

in Let's Make a Collage8 months ago

A Tidal Wave

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The scene in the picture above is meant to show a tidal wave, overwhelming the shore. It's very simple, but of all the attempts I made this week, I find this one most pleasing to the eye.

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The leader of our LMAC community, @shaka, is taking a breather. He has invited community members to peruse templates from the past and see what we can create. I decided to go all the way back to the beginning, when this community was just an idea. Here is @shaka's first beautiful LMAC template:

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The sea often seems to draw @shaka, as many of our templates feature this life-giving and mysterious presence on earth. Without our ocean, we cannot survive. And yet, the ocean holds many secrets. So much is hidden from us in the sea, and may never be discovered. More than 80% of the ocean is unexplored.
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Here is another one of my efforts at making a collage this week.

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While we customarily speak of 'oceans', there is actually just one world ocean. It is believed that the ocean is almost as old as the earth itself --4 billion years old. The earth, it is believed, is 4.54 billion years old.
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The Earth with its Great Ocean Revealed

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Image credit: Project Apollo Archive. Free

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We know that the ocean gives us food, and oxygen. The ocean is also a vast 'carbon sink'. That is, it helps to take climate-warming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As a matter of fact the ocean is one of the largest carbon sinks in the world. However, as the ocean cleans our air for us, we pay a price. The ocean becomes more acidic. A more acidic ocean is a more hostile place for marine life.
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Another One of My Attempts to Make a Collage This Week
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Ocean Currents

The interplay between climate and the ocean is complex. The ocean helps to cool the earth. At the same time, ocean currents influence weather and climate. But the currents themselves are affected by a warming climate. According to the Smithsonian Magazine, "Climate change is altering the processes that propel water across the globe, and should this alter ocean currents, it would likely lead to a cascade of even more change."

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Yet Another GIF That Didn't Work
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What is a current? It is a temporary or long-lasting movement of water in one direction. Currents can be deeply embedded in the ocean, or they can be on the surface. Because currents move heat around the world,the strongest of them can affect global climate patterns. (Information derived from the Smithsonian Magazine)

The Global Conveyor Belt
There is one massive current, deep in the ocean, that connects the world as water is pushed around the globe. The global conveyor belt takes 1,000 years to complete its cycle. This current is impelled by water temperature and salinity. Changes in water temperature and salinity affect the movement of the belt. The effect is called thermohaline circulation.

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Image credit: Robert Simmon, NASA. Public domain

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Earth's Rotation and Currents
The ocean, and the movement of the ocean, have a profound effect on all life on earth. Inescapable is the fact that the earth is an orb spinning through space. As such, one of the greatest influences on ocean currents is the rotation of the earth itself. The force exerted by the spherical, rotating planet is called the Coriolis effect. This force is strongest at the poles and weakest at the equator. Here's a diagram that illustrates this phenomenon.

The Coriolis Effect

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Image credit: Mariiana QM. Used under a CC 4.0 license.

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And finally, another of my attempts to make a collage this week. I just couldn't get the concept worked out.

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My Collage

Elements I used in the collages displayed were all public domain:
*The ocean: a free Pixabay picture
*Whale: PandannaImagen on Pixabay
*Orange fish: freeillistrated Pixabay picture
*Monastery: Darkmoon_Art on Pixabay
*Hand: Tama66 on Pixabay

It's a pleasure to join my community members in this retrospective collage week. All the designs are amazing. They are a tribute to the community, and to its founder, @shaka. Please check them out at our LMAC community. LMAC has a Discord channel, and a school, run by our teacher and colleague, @quantumg.

If you like to have fun and explore your creative impulses, join us. No skill required. Just enthusiasm.

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I liked all your attempts at the collage A.G, Not only the first one but the one with the hand. The animation is great.

Some of the collages you mentioned if they were put in the LMAC discord. Are they all suppose to be posted in the discord or just a few selected ones?

Thank you very much, friend @redheadpei. You can see that I struggled but in the end learned more about making collages:)

As for the Discord channel https://discord.com/channels/714915638610755587/799769800859058198 I believe all community members can drop their post in the dedicated channel. Maybe @shaka has to authorize each person, but now that he's on vacation, if you don't have authorization already you may have to wait until he gets back. I don't really know how to navigate very well in the blockchain universe :)

Thanks A.G. I see I can post in that channel but never had before.🌺

I'm happy you did an edu collage this week too. Because it has become my favorite hivian science magazine that I wait for every week :-)
It's always very interesting what you write and illustrate for us, including this weeks publication.

Very nice animations. I fully understand how hard and time consuming it is to create water animations manually. So my extra respect for your work!

Thank you friend and teacher :) You can see I wouldn't give up on the water. Very stubborn lady. In the end, the struggle probably taught me something.

I do love writing the science blogs. There's so much information in the world. So much I don't know. When I write a blog it's like picking wild berries. There is all that information, waiting for me to discover it. I'm so glad my excursions are not tedious for you to read.

Great one! It's not easy to animate ocean waves. Congrats!

Thanks. I gave up trying to make it more complex. Sometimes things just don't mesh :)

muy bueno te felicito amigo

Muchas gracias, @maita1223!

muy buen trabajo y gran explicación creo que no me gustaria estar un dia asi en la playa

Muchas gracias. A mi es un placer escribir. De acuerdo: no es un dia por la playa :))

Thank you for entering this holiday week and the fact you did reward the community with the usual 20% ( some even more ) and that will make a huge difference next week hopefully!
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See you next week

And thank you for also supporting our community members. Together we are strong.

That’s my main goal and the one thing that I learned strong communities are the best and when everyone is doing the contest the platform is fludded with lmac designs and I love that.

Amazing Palace 😍

Thank you!