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Breaking internal tides keep the ocean in balance

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Pinkel, R and Alford, M and Lucas, AJ and Johnson, S and MacKinnon, J and Waterhouse, A and Jones, N and Kelly, S and Klymac, J and Nash, J and Rainville, L and Zhao, Z and Simmons, H and Strutton, PG, Breaking internal tides keep the ocean in balance, Eos, 96 pp. 1-5. ISSN 0096-3941 (2015) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1029/2015EO039555

Abstract

The surface waters of the ocean are heated by the Sun at low latitudes and cooled near the poles. These large-scale patterns of heating and cooling, along with the freezing of sea ice at high latitudes, set up spatial differences in density, driving the so-called thermohaline circulation of the ocean. A major feature of this circulation is the sinking of cold, dense waters at high latitudes. Along the slopes of the Antarctic continent, roughly 25 million cubic meters of water per second are plummeting downward toward the seafloor and then spreading outward, eventually covering the bottom of the entire global ocean and instigating a complex series of related currents that have a major effect on our climate.

Item Details

Item Type:Professional, Non Refereed Article
Keywords:internal waves, Tasman Sea, ocean mixing
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Biological Oceanography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
Author:Strutton, PG (Associate Professor Peter Strutton)
ID Code:116858
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2017-05-23
Last Modified:2017-05-24
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