Thermohaline circulation

| 0

Large-scale global ocean circulation driven by variations in the temperature and salinity of water masses. Cooled and saline waters downwell at high latitudes (off the coast of Norway and Greenland). Waters warmed in the Tropics upwell to the surface, where they are cooled, and so on. It is estimated that a single water molecule takes about 1,000 years to complete the circuit.