Deeper meaning to a glittering enigma

 作者:秦筚     |      日期:2019-03-07 04:10:03
By Jon Copley MYSTERIOUS spirals in the glitter of sunlight on the sea may reveal intricate mixing beneath the waves, say oceanographers in California. Thirty years ago, Apollo astronauts noticed spirals 10 to 25 kilometres across in the pattern of sunlight reflecting off the ocean. The patterns have been extensively photographed from the space shuttle, but no one knew why they formed. Walter Munk and Larry Armi of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, and their colleagues studied 400 photographs of the spirals in the archives of the Johnson Space Center in Houston,