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An intermediate layer of oceanic water in which salinity increases more rapidly with depth than in the layers above and below it.


(Physical Geography) geography a marked increase in the salinity level of the sea at a specific depth


(ˈhæl əˌklaɪn)

a well-defined vertical salinity gradient in ocean or other saline water.
[1955–60; halo- + (thermo)cline]
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It's in the deepest cenotes where the halocline effects are the most glorious.
2008), Crassostrea virginica larvae orient toward the bottom in the absence of a halocline but tend to swim upward in the presence of a halocline.
Localised precipitation of transported metals, such as Al, can also occur during periods of stratification when high concentrations are mobilised due to pH buffering at the halocline (Pope 2006).
Menemenlis, 2012: Source and pathway of the western Arctic upper halocline in a data-constrained coupled ocean and sea ice model.
To maintain the halocline layer, the weakness of the turbulent mixing of the water masses is crucial (Fer, 2009).
Imagine hitting the lukewarm water-then your world suddenly blurs, and the water becomes warm enough for a hot compress as you enter a saline-dense halocline.
This equilibrium stability of offshore waters shows the thorough mixing of water and no halocline and thermocline observed in the near shore waters of Karachi [18].
Possible consequences of this relocation range from major variations in the halocline depth in the Baltic Sea (Vali et al.
Surface waters were strongly stratified throughout the study, with a distinct thermocline, halocline, and pycnocline present in the upper 20 m (Fig.