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A viscosity-enhanced mechanism for biogenic ocean mixing
Katija, K.; Dabiri, J.O. (2009). A viscosity-enhanced mechanism for biogenic ocean mixing. Nature (Lond.) 460(7255): 624-626
In: Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 0028-0836, more
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    Marine

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  • Katija, K.
  • Dabiri, J.O.

Abstract
    Sir Charles Darwin, grandson of the famous evolutionary pioneer, was a physicist who suggested that swimming animals might contribute significantly to the mixing of water in the ocean. Here, observations of swimming jellyfish are used to create and validate a theoretical model for the relative contributions of Darwinian mixing and turbulent wake mixing. The contribution of living organisms to ocean mixing is found to be substantial — in the same order of magnitude as winds and tides.

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