Climate: New Spin On Ocean's Role

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 09:49 in Earth & Climate

New studies of the Southern Ocean are revealing previously unknown features of giant spinning eddies that are profoundly influencing marine life and the world's climate. These massive swirling structures -- the largest are known as gyres -- can be thousands of kilometers across and can extend down as deep as 500 meters or more, new research shows.

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