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Antarctic intermediate water


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A water mass formed at the surface near to the Antarctic convergence, at about 50° S. It is typified by a low salinity (33.8 parts per thousand) and low temperature (2.2 °C). As it spreads northwards it sinks to depths of 900 m and can be traced even in the North Atlantic at 25° N.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography — Ecology and Conservation.


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