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Deep Ocean Circulation: Clickable Tank

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Click on the question marks to learn the temperature, salinity, and density of the different colored water.

Temperature and salinity affect the density of the water. Cold water is more dense than warm water. Salty water is more dense than fresh water. When waters of different density flow in the ocean, they order themselves from less dense near the surface to more dense at depth.

Seawater has salinities of about 35 parts per thousand (ppt) - that is 35 grams of salt in 1000 grams of seawater, but it can vary.

Fresh water has a density of 1 gram per cubic centimeter (g/cc). Seawater has very slightly higher densities of about 1.02-1.03 grams per cubic centimeter. Even though these are very small differences, they are enough to drive deep ocean circulation.

How does water circulate in the the North Atlantic Ocean? »