Today’s Spotlight features an image, courtesy of the researchers, of the South China Sea. The colors indicate the calculated vertical displacement of ocean layers near 200 meters deep. Orange indicates upward movement, and blue indicates downward movement.
Detailed new field studies, laboratory experiments, and simulations of the largest known “internal waves” in the Earth’s oceans — phenomena that play a key role in mixing ocean waters, greatly affecting ocean temperatures — provide a comprehensive new view of how these colossal, invisible waves are born, spread, and die off.
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