Photo credit: San Nguyen
That warm water we’ve been seeing beneath the surface just keeps getting closer. Yesterday we drove over a massive plume of water with temperatures exceeding 7°C just 10 m below the surface and we’ve been following it all day trying to see what happens at its edge. The winds were blowing strong all day but the warm water stayed stuck beneath a thin turbulent layer of cold fresh water. The ocean here is so stratified by salinity that the surface waters just seem to slide over what lies beneath with out disturbing it - a huge reservoir of heat.