Gulf Stream Ring Coalescence with the Gulf Stream off Cape Hatteras

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Science  01 Dec 1978:
Vol. 202, Issue 4371, pp. 971-972
DOI: 10.1126/science.202.4371.971


A cyclonic ring, which had separated from the Gulf Stream 7 months earlier and traveled 500 kilometers westward, collided with the stream in September 1977. Within 3 days the ring and stream joined to form a sharp S-shaped meander. Shipboard expendable temperature probes and four bottom-moored inverted echo sounders were used to obtain synoptic descriptions of the rejoining process.

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