thermohaline circulation

What is thermohaline circulation?

thermohaline circulation meaning the density-driven convective circulation system of the world’s oceans. Warm Atlantic water moves northward along the axis of the Gulf Stream, and evaporation increases water density while releasing heat to the colder atmosphere in the North Atlantic. Once significantly dense, the water sinks into the deep ocean, forming a downward limb of a giant conveyor-like circulation that extends around the world’s oceans


reference: Coral Reef Information System – Glossary

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