They are impossible to notice, but scientists are convinced that they exist. Black holes are kind of breaks in the textile of space and time that they attract everything that is close at hand. So, nothing escapes, not even light. Scientists believe they have found the specific features of these holes here on Earth, in the southern Atlantic Ocean.
Some of the largest vortex in the region are equivalent with the mysterious black holes in space from a mathematical perspective, say researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Miami. These huge vortex are so well surrounded by circular water ways that anything caught in them does not escape. Additionally, in recent times, it seems that their number is growing.
Scientists believe that these oceanic’s formations might moderate the negative impact of melting sea ice. But until now, scientists could not quantify the impact since the limits of these vortex remain a mystery.
Now, George Haller (a professor at ETH Zurich) and Francisco Beron-Vera (University of Miami) they think that they have succeeded to unravel the mystery. Using mathematical models, they isolated these eddy currents from a series of satellite observations. They have accomplished this by detecting the edges that revolve and have discovered that, in fact, they were indicators that demonstrate the existence of whirlwind inside.
Unexpectedly, these eddy currents have been shown to be mathematically equivalent to black holes. At a critical distance, a light beam is no longer spirals inside the black hole that bends and returns to its original position, forming a circular orbit.
Mathematicians have been trying to understand such peculiarly coherent vortices in turbulent flows for a very long time
Their results are expected to help in resolving a number of oceanic puzzles, ranging from climate-related questions to the spread of environmental pollution patterns.