Mediterranean Water: An Intense Mesoscale Eddy off the Bahamas

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Science  08 Dec 1978:
Vol. 202, Issue 4372, pp. 1085-1087
DOI: 10.1126/science.202.4372.1085


An anticyclonic lens of water in the permanent thermocline off the Bahamas has water mass characteristics representing Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic central waters. This eddy's ability to translate across the Atlantic without losing its identity points to baroclinic eddies as a specific mechanism for large-scale mixing.