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Volume 26, issue 1
Ann. Geophys., 26, 1–6, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-26-1-2008
© Author(s) 2008. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Ann. Geophys., 26, 1–6, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-26-1-2008
© Author(s) 2008. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  04 Feb 2008

04 Feb 2008

Evidence of a dense water vein along the Libyan continental margin

G. P. Gasparini1, A. Bonanno2, S. Zgozi3, G. Basilone2, M. Borghini1, G. Buscaino2, A. Cuttitta2, N. Essarbout3, S. Mazzola2, B. Patti2, A. B. Ramadan3, K. Schroeder1, T. Bahri4, and F. Massa4 G. P. Gasparini et al.
  • 1CNR – ISMAR, Sezione di La Spezia, Italy
  • 2CNR – IAMC, Sezione di Mazara del Vallo, Italy
  • 3Marine Biology Research Centre (MBRC), Tajura, Libya
  • 4FAO – MedSudMed Project, Rome, Italy

Abstract. 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.

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