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The Sun, the Wind, and the Sea

E. C. Pielou

in The Energy of Nature

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780226668062
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226668055 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226668055.003.0006
The Sun, the Wind, and the Sea

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When sunlight shines on the sea, some of it is reflected back into the sky, and the rest penetrates the surface to contribute its energy to the water; in a word, it is absorbed. This statement prompts two questions. What are the proportions reflected and absorbed? And what becomes of the absorbed energy? This chapter discusses the following: how sunlight penetrates the sea; movement in the sea; wind-driven currents and the Ekman spirals; hills and dales of the ocean's surface; density currents in the depths; and the global energy conveyor.

Keywords: sunlight; ocean currents; Ekman spirals; ocean surface; density currents; global energy conveyor

Chapter.  5885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biological Sciences

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