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halocline

[hal-uh-klahyn] /ˈhæl əˌklaɪn/
noun
1.
a well-defined vertical salinity gradient in ocean or other saline water.
Origin of halocline
1955-1960
1955-60; halo- + cline
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Examples from the web for halocline
  • The boundary between these two layers is called the halocline.
  • Warm water from the ocean is actually somehow mixing up in the upper layer that usually caps it called the halocline.
  • The halocline was coincident with the thermocline, augmenting the stability of the upper layer.
halocline in Science
halocline
  (hāl'ə-klīn')   
A relatively sharp discontinuity in ocean salinity at a particular depth. In general, water with a higher concentration of salinity sinks below water that is less saline; therefore, saltier haloclines lie below less salty ones. An exception is the surface halocline of the Arctic Ocean, which is both colder and more saline than the warmer Atlantic water beneath it and which protects the polar ice from melting from below.
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