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Press Release 11-196

Deep Oceans May Mask Global Warming for Years at a Time

Computer simulations of global climate lead to new conclusions

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Photo of waves and a rocky, tree covered coast.

New findings on a link between oceans and global climate look at ocean depths.

Credit: NOAA


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Map showing the great ocean conveyor belt carrying cold and warm water.

The ocean conveyor belt transports water--and heat--around the globe.

Credit: NOAA


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Illustration showing circulation between the oceans and atmosphere that drive climate.

Circulation between the oceans and atmosphere drives climate.

Credit: NASA


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Illustration showing chemical exchange between the atmosphere and ocean.

Ongoing "chemical" dialog between ocean and atmosphere influences Earth's biology.

Credit: NASA


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