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Title: Effect of the Canary Islands in the blockage and mixing of the North Atlantic eastern water masses
Authors: Machín, F. 
Pelegrí Llopart, José Luis
UNESCO Clasification: 251007 Oceanografía física
Issue Date: 2006
Journal: Geophysical Research Letters 
Abstract: We apply an inverse model to a hydrographic cruise that completely closes the Canary Islands to investigate their effect on the water masses transports. Most central waters are transported south between the eastern islands and the African coast, with 2.5 Sv out of a total of 3.5 Sv. Intermediate waters are effectively blocked by the islands passages, with Mediterranean/Antarctic waters predominantly found north/south of the islands, and most deep waters loop around the archipelago plateau. A process model upholds the existence of intense two-way exchange between central and intermediate waters along the eastern passage, with vertical velocities of order 10 m s.
ISSN: 0094-8276
DOI: 10.1029/2005GL025048
Source: Geophysical Research Letters[ISSN 0094-8276],v. 33 (L04605)
Rights: by-nc-nd
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