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Alan Faller

Studying the Stream

WHOI physical oceanographer Alan Faller (right) and a visiting colleague conduct a circulation experiment circa 1957. Building on early studies of the Gulf Stream, Faller’s lab did illustrative experiments on a rotating turntable depicting flow patterns in bounded basins. The dark patches in the two pie-shaped basins make it easier to see the flow and circulation of water. Faller worked closely with WHOI colleague, Henry Stommel, who published the widely read book, The Gulf Stream, in 1958. (Photo by Jan Hahn, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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