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Ancient Water Trapped in Oceans May Effect Climate
By Joanna Lentini, November 20, 2017 @ 07:49 PM (EST)
Source: Science Alert

 

Australian oceanographer, Casimir de Lavergne, of the University of New South Wales is trying to figure out why 2000-year-old water exists in the remote region of the North Pacific Ocean and how it is impacting the climate. Dictated by the unique contours of the North Pacific seafloor, peculiar pockets of dense, nutrient-rich, ancient ocean waters are behaving in such a way that they are impacting how effectively the ocean can influence climate over time.

Apparently, the ancient waters never really mix with the waters above. These waters, containing key elements of ocean ecosystems, reside 1.2 miles below the ocean's surface and extend to the seafloor. The surface currents above 1.2 miles in depth are swift moving and have a higher oxygen concentration than waters of the mysterious region on which it rests. This effectively neutralizes the dissemination of these waters and the contents therein, causing the water to maintain its ghostly and elderly composition.

De Lavergne's research raises many more questions about the full implications of this abyssal phenomena, most notably, the worlds ocean system as a whole and how these ancient bodies of essentially still, lifeless waters, play into the mix of current climate concerns.

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