Salt Fingers Observed in the Mediterranean Outflow

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Science  13 Sep 1974:
Vol. 185, Issue 4155, pp. 941-943
DOI: 10.1126/science.185.4155.941


Salt fingers, convection cells which constitute a possible mixing mechanism of the ocean, have now been observed in the Mediterranean outflow. The fingers, 6 millimeters in diamneter and 24 centimeters long, were photographed below the salinity maximum of the outflow, in an interface 22 centimeters thick where temperature and salinity decreased O. 15°C and 0.03 per mil, respectively.

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