Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Gasparini G., Bonanno A., Zgozi S., Basilone G., Borghini M., Buscaino G., Cuttitta A., Essarbout N., Mazzola S., Patti B., Ramadan A., Schroeder K., Bahri T., Massa F. Evidence of a dense water vein along the Libyan continental margin. In: Annales Geophysicae, vol. 26 (1) pp. 1 - 6. Copernicus Publications on behalf of the European Geosciences Union, 2008.
For the first time it was possible to investigate a still poorly known region of the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the Libyan continental margin. An oceanographic cruise, performed during summer 2006, revealed an important and novel feature: a dense vein flowing along the continental slope. The paper describes the vein evolution with some insights on its dynamic and furnishes an estimate of its transport, which results to be comparable with the Adriatic Deep Water production rate. The cascading into a steep canyon which incises the continental shelf suggests that the vein may play an important role in ventilating the deep layers of the Ionian Sea.
URL: http://www.ann-geophys.net/26/1/2008/angeo-26-1-2008.html
DOI: 10.5194/angeo-26-1-2008
Subject Oceanography
Continental shelf processes
Continental margins
Water currents

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