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Ocean Basins

Regions of Earth's crust that are covered by seawater.

2

Salinity

A measure of the salt content of a solution.

3

Turbidity Current

A gravity-driven current consisting of a dilute mixture of sediment and water with a density greater than that of the surrounding water.

4

Turbidite

A graded layer of sediment that is deposited by a turbidity current.

5

Ocean Current

A persistent, dominantly horizontal flow of water in the ocean.

6

El Niño

An episodic cessation of the normal upwelling of cold water off the coast of Peru.

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Thermohaline Circulation

The rising and sinking of water driven by contrasts in water density created by differences in temperature and salinity; this circulation is also known as the ocean conveyor belt.