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AGU journal highlights -- Jan. 13, 2012

The following highlights summarize research papers that have been recently published in Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans (JGR-C), Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets (JGR-E), Journal of Geophysical Research- Biogeosciences (JGR-G), and Geophysical Research Letters (GRL).

In this release:

  1. Variability of North Atlantic heat transport observed from instrument data
  2. Methane exceeds nitrous oxide in rivers' contribution to warming
  3. Waste recycling primary source of energy in deep ocean
  4. Record Arctic ozone depletion could occur again
  5. Traveling supraglacial lakes observed on Antarctic ice shelf
  6. Lunar images alter understanding of impact history

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1. Variability of North Atlantic heat transport observed from instrument data

The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC), which transports warm water northward and cold water back southward, redistributes energy throughout the North Atlantic Ocean. Some mo

Contact: Mary Catherine Adams
American Geophysical Union

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