Accession Number : AD0808314

Title :   TEMPERATURE, SALINITY, AND DENSITY OF THE WORLD'S SEAS: SOUTH CHINA SEA AND ADJACENT GULFS.

Descriptive Note : Informal Manuscript,

Corporate Author : NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE NSTL STATION MS

Personal Author(s) : La Violette, Paul E. ; Frontenac, Theodore R.

Report Date : FEB 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 141

Abstract : The physical properties of the waters of the South China Sea are controlled by the monsoonal rainfall and currents, as well as by the geographic distribution of broad shallows about the central deep basin. In the deep water portion, warm low-salinity surface waters predominate over cooler but more saline waters from the Pacific Ocean; the seasonal variation of these three basic physical properties is generally small. In the shallow waters of the straits, gulfs, and coastal shelves, rapid turnover of the water column may occur at any time of the year and may result in wide variations. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, SOUTH CHINA SEA), PHYSICAL PROPERTIES, BATHYTHERMOGRAPH DATA, SALINITY, DENSITY, DISTRIBUTION, PERIODIC VARIATIONS, DEEP WATER, RAINFALL, OCEAN CURRENTS, SHALLOW WATER, GULFS, STRAITS, WIND, PACIFIC OCEAN, OCEAN BOTTOM TOPOGRAPHY, CONTINENTAL SHELVES, SURFACE TEMPERATURE, TEMPERATURE, HEAT TRANSFER, MAPS.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE