An Experiment to Investigate the Effect of the Gulf Stream Front on Long Range Acoustic Propagation.
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Acoustic charges were detonated on a line normal to the Gulf Stream and recorded at Bermuda. Received signals indicate areas of poor transmission associated with the North and South Walls of the Gulf Stream. Conversely, high levels were received from charges detonated north of the Stream. These phenomena can possibly be explained by varying sonic layer depths and a deepening sound channel axis between Slope Water and deep warm isothermal layers of Sargasso Sea water. Other factors possibly related to amplitude fluctuations may be internal waves and patches of water different from surrounding areas. Further experiments to delineate seasonal and angular factors are being planned.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Acoustic Detection and Detectors