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Schematic of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation

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Published on Oct 13, 2008

A schematic of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, otherwise referred to as the 'thermo-haline circulation', incorporating the Gulf Stream.

Surface, red, waters are warm and saline. The southern-flowing return leg beneath the surface is cooler. Westerly flowing air is warmed by the ocean beneath helping to moderate the climate of north western Europe.

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