Viewing the Topography of the Thermohaline Circulation of the Oceans in Google Earth

With that mouthful of a title, our friends at MyReadingMapped have again created a very interesting map for us to check out.  In their words:

If you do an image search for the Thermohaline circulation, what you get are lots of maps without any submarine topography as though all the undersea mountains, canyons and basins have little effect on the Deep Sea Current. All the the maps are oversimplified in order to get the concept across and they don’t include the Antarctic Bottom Water (aka Antarctic Brine) that has an affect on the Thermohaline Circulation. So my map of the Thermohaline Circulation, being done in a Google Map, enables you to see the actual undersea features that shape one of the prime factors of our climate system and how the Antarctic Bottom Water weaves in between.


You can read more about it on their site here or grab this KML file to view it in Google Earth.  You can also read more about the project here:

In addition, it seemed to me that if Tambora had such an impact on the Thermohaline Circulation as to create the Little Ice Age, that any submarine volcanoes and thermal vents along the path should also have an impact on the Thermohaline Circulation at any one point in time or another. So I included them as well along with the impact of melting glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica and their impact on the Deep Water Formation transfers between Surface Currents and Deep Currents. And, I linked several articles on various factors on the impact on the Thermohaline Circulation on climate change and the disruption of the Thermohaline Circulation by melting glaciers and volcanic activity.

Great work, George!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.

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