Gallery: Giant Bulge of Fresh Water in the Arctic Ocean Threatens Europ...

 

European researchers recently discovered a bulging mass of fresh water currently growing in the western Arctic Ocean that could wreak havoc on Europe’s climate if it enters the Atlantic Ocean. The bulge currently holds about 10% of the fresh water in the Arctic Ocean – it consists of water from the Eurasian rivers that feed the Arctic Ocean being concentrated and spun in a clockwise motion by the powerful Beaufort Gyre, causing the surface of the ocean to rise by 2 centimeters per year.

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