UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — What would the Earth look like without its seas and oceans? Broadcast on YouTube, a breathtaking animation reveals the surface of our planet completely dried out.
Scientist James O’Donoghue has developed an animation for NASA on which the waters of the oceans are disappearing in real time. He then shared it on YouTube.
The sequence shows in particular how the water level becomes lower and lower. At first, the result was hardly visible, but soon afterwards huge ridges began to appear between the continents.
James O’Donoghue is a former NASA collaborator , he now works for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Even more spectacular
The sequence in question was developed by NASA physicist Horace Mitchell in 2008, but Mr. O’Donoghue decided to modify it in order to make it even more spectacular.
“I slowed down the start because, surprisingly enough, there is a large part of the underwater landscape instantly disclosed in the first tens of meters,” said the researcher in an email to Business Insider.
He added that emptying the seas shows not only “the bottom of the oceans but also the ancient history of mankind”.
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