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A preliminary note on the time scale in North Atlantic circulation

Authors
Journal
Deep Sea Research (1953)
0146-6313
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
1
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0146-6313(54)90006-4
Disciplines
  • Mathematics

Abstract

Abstract Recent observations show that the temperature and salinity relationship of the North Atlantic Central Water Mass has changed significantly during the fifteen year period 1935–1950. This evidence, coupled with a reassessment of certain budgeting problems which arise from the exclusive use of the circulation theorem, points to a rapid turnover of water from the surface to mid-depths. It is shown that the North Atlantic Deep Water has suffered a loss of oxygen in the last twenty years; from this it is surmised that the bulk of this water was formed during the period of catastrophic cold from 1810 to 1820.

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