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Cascading Over the Continental Slope of Water from the Celtic Sea

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 May 2009

L. H. N. Cooper
Affiliation:
Chemist at the Plymouth Laboratory
David Vaux
Affiliation:
Fisheries Laboratories, Lowestoft

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In the Celtic Sea, to the south of Ireland, water in some winters becomes sufficiently cooled and heavy to flow to the edge of the continental shelf and to run down the continental slope to a depth of several hundred metres. A theory of the phenomenon, termed ‘cascading’, has been developed. Three winters have been examined in detail.

In February 1927 much water, heavy enough to cascade, was present in the Celtic Sea and also in the English Channel. A probable course and speed of the cascading water over the shelf has been established. Since there were few observations of salinity and temperature over or beyond the slope, and none of oxygen anywhere, the theory cannot be completely established on the basis of the 1927 observations, full though they were.

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Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 1949

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