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Generation of density fine structure by salt fingers in a spatially periodic shear

Wells, M; Griffiths, Ross; Turner, J


Vertical shear is ubiquitous in the ocean thermocline. The temperature and salinity gradient are also often favorable to the growth of salt fingers. We investigate the implications of the superposed shear and salt fingering for the formation of fine structure and show that a depth-dependent spatially periodic shear leads to the development of variations in the density profile on the same wavelength as the shear. Laboratory experiments were carried out in a continuous density gradient with a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Geophysical Research


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