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gyre

a great spiral or circular oceanic surface current.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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A singularity is itself modeled as a gyre, wholly compatible with the thermodynamic and fractal nature of life.
According to Greenpeace, the gyre is an area the size of Texas in the North Pacific in which an estimated six kilos of plastic for every kilo of natural plankton, along with other slow degrading garbage, swirls slowly around like a clock.
"It is of interest how fast the plastic trash is traveling across the gyre, how slowly it is decomposing, how rapidly marine life is colonising it, and whether it is transporting invasive species," organisers add.
"We thought it would be fun and invigorating to attempt to do something difficult like solving the problem of the Pacific Gyre," Ahnand, 13, says.
In this case an extensive cyclonic gyre with a maximum velocity of ca 10 mm [s.sup.-1] was formed in the surface layer, covering the area from the southwestern shore towards the northwestern shore and continuing to the northern shore and then back to the southern shore (Fig.
The generative engine of Tall If is the operation of memory within affect, that is, nostalgia: a kind of reverse gyre, "To raise // memory to the vividness of the present." If, from the vantage of childhood, "all thoughts, gestures / of a life" seem "finally / swallowed in the gone / flesh," then the flesh becomes itself a buried treasure map on which the adult present relies, "Braille to our intellect," both haunted and a haunting, a "church" become "a hole in the sky."
Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.
Booker, an accomplished guitarist, became manager of the Gyre and Gimble Coffee House, where he also sang a few songs.
During their first three years at sea the toys completed one 6,800-mile orbit of the Pacific Gyre, a current which circulates around the edge of the ocean - passing through the waters of Indonesia, Australasia, South America and Hawaii - at the rate of seven miles a day.
Simcock's sureness of touch and ability to build improvisations as complex in their structure as they are lithe in their propulsion; Garland's extraordinary command of his instruments; Creese's holding centre for the widening gyre - all combined to make this an inspiring performance in a charming setting
[O]n December 6th [1917] a cone or gyre had been drawn and related to the soul's judgment after death; and then just as I was about to discover that incarnations and judgment alike implied cones or gyres, one within the other, turning in opposite directions, two such cones were drawn and related neither to judgment nor to incarnations but to European history.
Known as the subpolar gyre, the current has weakened in the past in connection with certain phases of a large-scale atmospheric pressure system known as NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation).