Eddies Modes of Deep Sea Transport

Date: 1/10/2011

Researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution found that massive ocean eddies can reach all the way to the ocean bottom at mid-ocean ridges, some 2,500m deep, transporting tiny sea creatures, chemicals and heat from hydrothermal vents over long distances. The discovery helps explain how some larvae travel huge distances from one vent area to another. Because eddies appear to form repeatedly, the high-speed, long distance transport can last for months.

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