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isopycnal

Line breaks: iso|pyc¦nal
Pronunciation: /ˌʌɪsə(ʊ)ˈpɪkn(ə)l
 
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Definition of isopycnal in English:

adjective

Oceanography
(Especially of an imaginary line or surface on a map or chart) connecting points in the ocean where the water has the same density.
Example sentences
  • Redfield ratios of remineralization are calculated based on chemical data analysis on isopycnal surfaces.
  • It is further shown that features of the spatial structure of isopycnal displacement and velocity scales may be inferred from a single station that measures potential energy fluctuations.
  • Since the isopycnal surfaces move with the fluid, this representation is in fact quasi-Lagrangian.

Origin

early 20th century: from iso- 'equal' + Greek puknos 'dense' + -al.

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