halocline


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halocline

[′hal·ə‚klīn]
(oceanography)
A well-defined vertical gradient of salinity in the oceans and seas.
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During and after rain, thickness changes from 5 to 9 m with gradual disappearance of diurnal halocline.
The halocline provides a barrier that shields the sea ice cover from contact with deeper, warmer waters," said WHOI physical oceanographer Al Plueddemann.
In a series of three submarine cruises during the 1990s, oceanographers witnessed the halocline weakening in the central part of the Arctic.
Cold halocline, increased nutrients and higher chlorophyll off Oregon in 2002.
The halocline shields sea ice from contact with the significantly warmer Atlantic layer, which could potentially melt the ice and cause momentous climate changes well beyond the Arctic.
This Arctic halocline would have created a barrier to upwelling, which blocked deep carbon-dioxide-rich deep waters from rising to the surface.