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Brine at the bottom of the Great Bitter Lake as a result of closing the Suez Canal

Naturevolume 256pages297298 (1975) | Download Citation

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DURING the process of clearing the Suez Canal and the Bitter Lakes from bombs and mines resulting from the 1967 and 1973 wars, an abnormal phenomenon was observed. Divers reported that diving was rather difficult through a layer extending about two metres above the bottom in the eastern part of the Great Bitter Lake (GBL). When this layer was reached through diving, any diver was forced to turn upwards. Moreover, sounding of depths by the use of sonic waves gave values which were less by about 2 m than when measured by weight and line.

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    • AMIN H. MESHAL

    Present address: Air–Sea Interaction, Department of the Environment (AOL), Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2Y 4A2

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  1. Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Alexandria, Egypt

    • AMIN H. MESHAL

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