Who knew the movement of carbon dioxide could be so beautiful? This video from NASA is a product of a simulation called "Nature Run," which takes real data on atmospheric conditions and the emission of greenhouse gases and both natural and man-made particulates. In this particular visualization, the timespan of January 2006 through December 2006 is simulated.

The effect is an dynamically fluid display that brings to mind stirring (very colourful) milk into (very colourful) coffee. Or as NASA puts it:

"Plumes of carbon dioxide in the simulation swirl and shift as winds disperse the greenhouse gas away from its sources. The simulation also illustrates differences in carbon dioxide levels in the northern and southern hemispheres and distinct swings in global carbon dioxide concentrations as the growth cycle of plants and trees changes with the seasons."

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