Unformatted text preview: reservoir divided by the rate of water going into, or out of, the reservoir. Lec 11 Deep water formation: Water that increases in density by getting colder and more saline may begin to sink. This sinking is aided by: • radiational cooling • evaporation (removes heat and increases salinity) • ice formation interruptions of the thermohaline circulation: What would happen if deep-water formation stopped in the North Atlantic? • Sudden cooling of western and northwestern Europe • Much lower precipitation around northern North Atlantic basin • Increased glacierization around northern North Atlantic basin...
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This document was uploaded on 10/27/2011 for the course GEOSCI 100 at UMass (Amherst).
- Fall '11