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Paleoceanography of the Atlantic-Mediterranean exchange: Overview and first quantitative assessment of climatic forcing

Rogerson, Mike; Rohling, Eelco; Bigg, Grant R.; Ramirez, I.


The Mediterranean Sea provides a major route for heat and freshwater loss from the North Atlantic and thus is an important cause of the high density of Atlantic waters. In addition to the traditional view that loss of fresh water via the Mediterranean enhances the general salinity of the North Atlantic, and the interior of the eastern North Atlantic in particular, it should be noted that Mediterranean water outflowing at Gibraltar is in fact cooler than compensating inflowing water. The...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Reviews of Geophysics
DOI: 10.1029/2011RG000376


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