Arctic Ocean hosts weird freshwater pond

Posted by 5 Apr, 2011
Myronlmeters

Odd, persistent winds prevent river inputs from mixing with the sea

As rivers empty into seas, freshwater mixes into the vast briny depths to replace water lost to evaporation. Or that’s what’s supposed to happen. But for the past dozen years, scientists now report, a large share of river inflows and sea-ice melt within a large expanse of the Arctic Ocean has effectively pooled with little mixing.

 

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