Accession Number : AD0023937

Title :   OCEANOGRAPHIC OBSERVATIONS MADE FROM THE ICE ISLAND, T-3

Corporate Author : WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MASS

Personal Author(s) : WORTHINGTON,L.V.

Report Date : DEC 1953

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Eight observations were made from Ice Island in the Polar Sea from Nov 1952 to Sep 1953. Variations in T-3 station temperatures during the period were small. Contours of dynamic-height anomaly indicated the possibility of hte Beaufort Sea eddy estending almost to the Pole. Gradients of sigma-t values 26.18 to 26.40 observed at all Skijump stations appeared to be the remnants of seasonal heating in the Southern Beaufort Sea during the summers of 1950 and 1951 when that area was free of ice. Deep temperature data indicated that the Beaufort Sea eddy was approximately 2000 m deep. Skijump temperature data showed higher temperatures in the deep water of the Beaufort Sea than that of the deep water on the European side of the North Polar Basin. These data supported the probability of a submarine ridge extending across the basin and forming a sill through which deep water could not pass. Temperature data for the 8 stations are tabulated.

Descriptors :   BASINS(GEOGRAPHIC), BEAUFORT SEA, DEEP WATER, EDDIES(FLUID MECHANICS), EDDY CURRENTS, EUROPE, HEATING, HIGH TEMPERATURE, ICE, ICE ISLANDS, NORTH(DIRECTION), POLAR REGIONS, RIDGES, SEASONAL VARIATIONS, SIDES, SOUTH(DIRECTION), SUBMARINES, TEMPERATURE.

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