Arctic domain

December 13, 2011, 7:03 am

The Arctic domain is a hydrographic division sometimes used in the North Atlantic Ocean to distinguish it from the Polar domain to the north and the Atlantic domain to the south.

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In this region upper layer waters are relatively cold (0 to 4o Celsius) and saline (34.6 to 34.9). The most significant indication that this domain is not just a smooth transition zone between the Polar and Atlantic domains, but that the waters are markedly denser than either of the surface source water masses.

See Also

Further Reading

  • Physical Oceanography Index
  • James H.Swift. The arctic waters. In Burton G. Hurdle, editor, The Nordic Seas, pages 129–153. Springer-Verlag, 1986.
  • Burton G.Hurdle. 1986. The Nordic seas 777 pages




Baum, S. (2011). Arctic domain. Retrieved from


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