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Press Release 11-168

Newly Discovered Icelandic Current Could Change Climate Picture

Current called North Icelandic Jet contributes to key component of ocean circulation

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Image of the Northern Denmark Strait showing the newly discovered deep current.

Northern Denmark Strait showing newly discovered deep current, in relation to known pathway.

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Image of the research vessel Knorr navigating the Iceland Sea.

The research vessel Knorr navigates the Iceland Sea while taking measurements of the Jet.

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Image showing the North Icelandic Jet in cross-section.

The North Icelandic Jet in cross-section, adjacent to the continental slope of Iceland.

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Image of scientists recovering an instrument package.

Scientists recover an instrument package used to measure dense water carried by the current.

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Image of the research vessel Knorr in the fall/winter weather.

Research vessel Knorr in the fall/winter weather that leads to formation of the dense water.

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Image of buoyant spheres that hold moorings upright in the Icelandic Jet.

Buoyant spheres will hold moorings upright in the Jet during the upcoming expedition.

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