thermohaline circulation

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thermohaline circulation:

see oceanocean,
interconnected mass of saltwater covering 70.78% of the surface of the earth, often called the world ocean. It is subdivided into four (or five) major units that are separated from each other in most cases by the continental masses. See also oceanography.
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Concerning Stuart Jordan's article, "The Global Warming Crisis," I heard someone on TV say that there is a thirty-year cycle the ocean conveyer belt goes through which is the primary reason for the recent increase in storms.
It shares with readers views of scientists on both sides of the issue--some who think a failed Atlantic Ocean conveyer belt needs to remain a major scientific and public concern and those who think that it is less likely than other possibly catastrophic outcomes--but then makes it clear to readers that the bulk of experts who know the science fall into the latter category.

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