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Henry Stommel, left, and Lou Howard (both on the MIT faculty at the time) hopped onto a turntable in the basement of Walsh Cottage to demonstrate the effect of rotation on seawater.

Spinning a Yarn About the Sea

As principal instructors for the Woods Hole Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program in 1968—the topic was "general circulation of the ocean"—physical oceanographers Henry Stommel (left) and Lou Howard hopped onto a turntable in the basement of Walsh Cottage to demonstrate the effect of rotation on seawater. (Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Archives)

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