Breaking deep-sea waves reveal a potential mechanism for global ocean mixing

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From the “Trenberth’s hidden heat” department and the University of Washington comes this story about waves nobody ever sees in the sea that may mix water and transport heat.

Waves breaking over sandy beaches are captured in countless tourist photos. But enormous waves breaking deep in the ocean are seldom seen, although they play a crucial role in long-term climate cycles.

A University of Washington study for the first time recorded such a wave breaking in a key bottleneck for circulation in the world’s largest ocean. The study was published online this month in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

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Breaking deep-sea waves reveal a potential mechanism for global ocean mixing

Watts Up With That?

From the “Trenberth’s hidden heat” department and the University of Washington comes this story about waves nobody ever sees in the sea that may mix water and transport heat.

Waves breaking over sandy beaches are captured in countless tourist photos. But enormous waves breaking deep in the ocean are seldom seen, although they play a crucial role in long-term climate cycles.

A University of Washington study for the first time recorded such a wave breaking in a key bottleneck for circulation in the world’s largest ocean. The study was published online this month in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

View original post 645 more words