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Brine fluxes from growing sea ice

Abstract:

It is well known that brine drainage from growing sea ice has a controlling influence on its mechanical, electromagnetic, biological and transport properties, and hence upon the buoyancy forcing and ecology in the polar oceans. When the ice has exceeded a critical thickness the drainage process is dominated by brine channels: liquid conduits extending through the ice. We describe a theoretical model for the drainage process using mushy layer theory which demonstrates that the brine channel sp...

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10.1029/2010GL046288

Authors


Wettlaufer, JS More by this author
Orszag, SA More by this author
Journal:
GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS
Volume:
38
Issue:
4
Pages:
n/a-n/a
Publication date:
2011-02-26
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ISSN:
0094-8276
URN:
uuid:278443e2-cfea-4983-899f-9ecacf37891d
Source identifiers:
349478
Local pid:
pubs:349478
Language:
English

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