A STUDY OF THE LOOP CURRENT IN THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO.
TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION DEPT OF OCEANOGRAPHY
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A physical oceanographic survey was made in June 1966 using an instrument which measures salinity and temperature as continuous functions of depth. Data was also gathered using Nansen casts, bathythermographs, and the geomagnetic electrokinetograph. The Loop Current was found to extend to 27 deg. 30 min. N with a smaller secondary loop at its northern tip. Average speeds in the current were 2 knots with associated transports of 45 x 1,000,000 cu msec around the major loop within the Gulf. The Loop Current bounded a water mass, the Eastern Gulf Loop Water, distinct from that found elsewhere in the Gulf of Mexico. The average circulation patter was found to be less complex than those presented previous to 1967. Author
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography