West Spitsbergen Current


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West Spitsbergen Current

 

a branch of the warm Gulf Stream current along the western shores of Spitsbergen, a continuation of the Norwegian Current. The mean annual temperature of the water is 1°–3°C, and the velocity of the current reaches 5.5 km/day. Water salinity is about 34.5%. When the current submerges north of Spitsbergen, it gives rise to a stream of warm intermediate waters in the Arctic Ocean.

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Washington, August 16 (ANI): Scientists have found that the warming of the northward-flowing West Spitsbergen current in the Arctic over the last thirty years has contributed to global warming by triggering the release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from methane hydrate stored in the sediment beneath the seabed.
The results indicate that the warming of the northward-flowing West Spitsbergen current by 1 degrees Celsius over the last thirty years has caused the release of methane by breaking down methane hydrate in the sediment beneath the seabed.

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