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Pat Shingleton: "Water Carriers-Eddies..."

2 years 4 months 3 days ago January 20, 2015 Jan 20, 2015 Tuesday, January 20 2015 January 20, 2015 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Mesoscale eddies are spinning bodies of water that grow as large as 500 kilometers in diameter. These eddies can also exist from days to months before being absorbed into surrounding water. Scientists at the University of Hawaii reviewed satellite data from 1992 through 2010. Their research matched the data with floating sensors that identified the eddies by their shape, volume and temperatures. The results concluded that eddies mostly moved westward, carrying more than 30 million tons of water every second to the east coast of continents. This amount of water was originally thought to be transported by large ocean currents. University of Hawaii's research could significantly assist in locating ocean heat and dissolving carbon transfers.

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