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thermohaline circulation

Postby jonathan R A » Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:29 pm

Why does the thermohaline circulation affect the tempurature and salanity of water?

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Re: thermohaline circulation

Postby ScienceExpert123 » Sat Oct 11, 2008 7:06 pm

Dear jonathanRA,

Thanks for contacting science buddies' ask an expert. Regarding your question, I did some quick research and it seems to me that the density of the water in the oceans affects the circulation of salt and heat energy in the oceans. As ocean currents take water from the equator to the north and south poles the water from the equator becomes colder. As the water cools it becomes denser (water is densest around three degrees celsius or 37.4 degrees farenheit). The denser water sinks to the bottom of the ocean, in which salt, gases in the water, and heat mix and circulate. (Thermohaline circulation- Thermo= heat, haline=salt).

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Re: thermohaline circulation

Postby staryl13 » Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:34 pm

Hi Jonathan!
Sounds like an interesting question! Here are some links you might want to check out-
Hope this helps, good luck!
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