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Image : Flying Blind in the Ice Factory

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THE ARCTIC HALOCLINE?When sea ice forms, it releases salt into surface waters. These waters become denser and sink to form the Arctic halocline?a layer of cold water that acts as barrier between sea ice and deeper warmer water that could melt the ice. (Illustration by Jayne Doucette, WHOI)

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Last updated: August 2, 2013
 


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