Mediterranean water

From Glossary of Meteorology



Mediterranean Water


In the Atlantic Ocean the term refers to the water mass that enters from the Eurafrican Mediterranean through the Strait of Gibraltar with a temperature of 13.5°C and a salinity of 37.8 psu and can be traced throughout the Atlantic as a salinity maximum of 36.0–36.2 psu near a depth of 1000 m and progressively deeper and fresher as the distance from the straits increases.
See also Australasian Mediterranean Water, Persian Gulf Water, Red Sea Water.


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