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Before venturing to El Nino a little background on scientific studies tracking this event are in order Leonardo DaVinci compared oceans to air movement in the 16th century From his comparisons scientists started looking at the oceans in order to understand the atmosphere What they found were eddy currentseddy fieldsthese are found near ocean currents and are swirling water caused by the jet stream A spinning eddy in the sea has been compared to a tornado in the atmosphere From these and other studies it was realized the ocean clearly drives the atmosphere Blue Planet Weather was tracked in the 17th century by the Royal Society of London and the Academia del Cimento of Florence Italy Boeson 14 Because life on earth is shaped by its climate and the earths climate changes as dramatically as the atmosphere Man can ascertain climate from the past by observing the sea and soil Climate cycles last 100000 years where the first half is colder and the second warmer Inside these are sub-cycles lasting 20000 years it has been noted that all cold places have been warm all wet dry and vice versa Scientists are studying how seawater and air are partners mirror images of each other Additionally because the ocean is more dense than the atmosphere scientists study it because it has memory and can predict what will happen in the air creating as it were a duet and counterpoint of sea and sky Blue Planet El Nino has been recorded for over 2000 years and is so-named because fisherman noticed the waters off Peru warming near Christmas El Nino means little boy or Christ child It has been observed to happen every two to seven years For some reason every few years the current is stronger and warmer than usual El Nino is warm water coming north and mixing with the Humboldt Current It is a complex interaction between ocean and atmosphere a chain reaction with far-reaching
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