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Colding on the Laws of Currents in Ordinary Conduits and in the Sea

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FORCHHAMMER has filled up that gap by his researches upon the water of the ocean; for we can now, by the help of his results and of the temperatures, ascertain pretty exactly the specific weight of the water of the ocean in the principal seas of the globe. Calculation has proved the correctness of Maury's original notion, viz., that the density of the water of the ocean is least at the equator, and increases with tolerable regularity in proportion as we advance towards the north and towards the south. The water of the Atlantic seems to be of the greatest density at about 60° N. latitude to the south and south-east of Greenland. If we take this density as unity, the specific weight of the water of the sea will on an average be represented by the following numbers:—

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