Google Map of the Topography of the Thermohaline Circulation of the Oceans.



With the above map, you can zoom in close to see how the submarine topography affects the Thermohaline Circulation of the oceans and its effect on our climate. One of the things that bothered me when creating my Google Map of Oceanic Trenches and Other Undersea Phenomena, is that NASA's Thermohaline Circulation map (shown below) that was featured on Wikipedia's Oceanography page did not seem to factor in the submarine topography shown in Google Map or any submarine volcanoes or thermal vents. So I just had to plot the Thermohaline Circulation in Google Map to see what the difference was and plot any submarine volcanoes and thermal vents along the path. The NASA map is oversimplified. It inadequately represents the area in Indonesia where the surface current weaves between the islands and how it aligns with nearby volcanoes. You don't see in NASA's map how the deep current sweeps down the west side of the mid Atlantic Ridge. The NASA map makes the North Atlantic deep water formation look more pointed than it really is. NASA's map looks like the currents are real smooth rather than twisting between topographic features. However, soon after publishing this map, I discovered a NASA video with a totally different current structure which in many areas conflicted with the map below. Thus, I had to revise my map to reflect the change.

Click here to speed up viewing this map, it will take you to the original Google Map, complete with legend.

One interesting point the map reveals is that those areas where the Thermohaline Circulation comes near to populated land masses have an impact on the Climate-Density Vulnerability Index. And, the impact of melting glacier fresh water flows in Greenland, and volcanic activity along the circulation can impact on climate change.  



NASA's Thermohaline Circulation map
Wikipedia Commons / Public Domain / NASA



Weather applied to the Topography of the
Thermohaline Circulation in Google Map.

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Weather front along the Thermohaline Circulation
around the southern pole in Google Earth.

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Antarctic Polar Vortex paired with the
Thermohaline Circulation in Google Earth.

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The Thermohaline Circulation around the
southern pole in Google Earth.

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Thermohaline Circulation with Antarctic
Ice Cap in Google Earth.

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Antarctic Ice Cap: Catlin Arctic Survey
Thermohaline Circulation with Polar Vortex and
Antarctic Ice Cap in Google Earth.

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Antarctic Ice Cap: Catlin Arctic Survey
The Thermohaline Circulation in the Atlantic Ocean
 in Google Earth.

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The Thermohaline Circulation in the Indian Ocean
 in Google Earth.

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The Thermohaline Circulation in the Pacific Ocean
 in Google Earth.

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Arctic Thermohaline Circulation, Arctic Polar Vortex
and Arctic Ice Cap in Google Earth.

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Arctic Ice Cap: Catlin Arctic Survey


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