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English: This map shows the pattern of thermohaline circulation also known as "meridional overturning circulation". This collection of currents is responsible for the large-scale exchange of water masses in the ocean, including providing oxygen to the deep ocean. The entire circulation pattern takes ~2000 years.
Deutsch: Thermohaline Zirkulation und die Entstehung von kaltem, dichtem Tiefenwasser im Nordmeer
Author Robert Simmon, NASA. Minor modifications by Robert A. Rohde also released to the public domain
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