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Indian Ocean Waters May Fuel Atlantic’s Gulf Stream, Study Shows

Waters “leaking” from the Indian Ocean into the south Atlantic may counter a predicted slowdown in the system of currents that includes the Gulf Stream and warms Europe, scientists said.

The flow from the Indian Ocean’s Agulhas system into the Atlantic may be increasing by 1.4 million to 4 million cubic meters of water per second every decade, researchers led by Lisa Beal at the University of Miami said in Nature. The water then joins the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation that includes the Gulf Stream, they said today in the journal.