An Equatorial Jet in the Indian Ocean

Science  20 Jul 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4096, pp. 262-264
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4096.262


At the surface of the Indian Ocean along the equator a narrow, jet-like current flows eastward at high speed during both transition periods between the two monsoons. The formation of the jet is accompanied by thermocline uplifting at the western origin of the jet and by sinking at its eastern terminus. This demonstrates that a time-variable current can have profound effects in changing the mass structure in the ocean.