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Arctic ice sets speed limit for major ocean current


October 17, 2018

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Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have now identified a key mechanism, which they call the "ice-ocean governor," that controls how fast the Beaufort Gyre spins and how much fresh water it stores. In a paper published today in Geophysical Research Letters, the researchers report that the Arctic's ice cover essentially sets a speed limit on the gyre's spin. Full Story

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