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Global Atmospheric Circulation Model

Taka Ito, a researcher and oceanographer in the Atmospheric Science Department at Colorado State University, demonstrates global circulation of wind and how the spin of the earth affects the wind. Using a spinning water tank with warm and cold water, he replicates the impacts on wind affected by the cold North Pole and the warm equator.

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Last modified January 25, 2010 by Randy Russell.

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