Evidences for Skeletal Structures in the Ocean from the Images Analyzed by Multilevel Dynamical Contrasting Method
An analysis of databases of photographic images of ocean's surface, taken from various altitudes and for various types of rough ocean surface, revealed the presence of an ocean's skeletal structures (OSS), which exhibit a tendency toward self-similarity of structuring at various length scales (i.e., within various "generations"). The topology of OSS appears to be identical to that of skeletal structures (SS) which have been formerly found in a wide range of length scales, media and for various phenomena. The typical OSS consists of separate identical blocks which are linked together to form a network. Two types of such blocks are found: (i) coaxial tubular (CT) structures with internal radial bonds, and (ii) cartwheel-like (CW) structures, located either on an axle or in the edge of CT block. The OSSs differ from the formerly found SSs only by the fact that OSS, in their interior, are filled in with closely packed OSSs of a smaller size (i.e. OSSs of former "generations"). We specially discuss the phenomenon of skeletal blocks in the form of vertically/horizontally oriented floating cylinders (VFC/HFC). The size of these blocks is shown to grow with increasing rough water.