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Overturning assumptions

The lack of deep mixing in the subpolar North Atlantic Ocean for over a decade has raised concerns that climate warming may already be affecting the ocean circulation. A vigorous convection event last winter shows that the system holds some surprises yet.

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Figure 1: Deep convection in the subpolar ocean.


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Lozier, S. Overturning assumptions. Nature Geosci 2, 12–13 (2009).

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