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Encyclopedia > Halocline

A Halocline is a salinity gradient, a change in the concentration of salt dissolved in water. In the ocean there is a tendancy for less dense fresher water to float on top of denser saltier water. This difference in salinity with depth has great impact on the mixing of various parts of the ocean.


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Halocline - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (147 words)
In oceanography, a Halocline is a strong, vertical salinity gradient.
Because salinity (in concert with temperature) affects the density of seawater, it can play a role in its vertical stratification.
Typically, ocean vertical structure is dictated by temperature effects on density, but salinity and haloclines play a dominant role in certain regions of the world ocean.
IOW Projects - CARBUD (567 words)
Below the halocline a distinct increase in the average Ct was observed.
A similar distribution was found for the C mineralization rates which were calculated by formulating a simple model that accounts for the diapycnical mixing between the different depth layers and at the halocline.
No significant difference was detected in the first two layers beneath the halocline, however, at depths close to the redoxcline at about 150 m a substantial PO excess was observed which was probably due to the dissolution of iron phosphates.
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