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News of the Day: Southern Ocean Current Found

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(Describer) In sepia tones, under a round logo of a wave, title: Ocean Today.

(Describer) In an animation, a spinning newspaper has the title "Ocean Today News."

['20s style jazz playing]

(male announcer) It's your news of the day. Bringing some of the latest ocean headlines from around the world.

(Describer) One headline says, "Southern Ocean Current Found!"

Well, stop the presses. We've got some news that's definitely "current." Did you know there's a massive Southern Ocean current almost two miles below the ocean surface? Incredible! Recent measurements found it's the strongest current ever recorded at this depth, transporting 40 times as much water as the Amazon River. My, that's hard to swallow. The current carries dense, oxygen-rich water that sinks near Antarctica to the deep basins of the Indian and Pacific oceans. Scientists say this current is an important component of the global ocean conveyor belt, which pushes water from the surface to the deep ocean and back again. This directly influences temperatures around the world. So, to truly understand the global network of currents that influence our climate, you literally need to scratch below the surface. And that's your news of the day.

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There is a massive southern ocean current almost two miles below the ocean's surface. Recent measurements found it’s the strongest current ever recorded at this depth and transports 40 times as much water as the Amazon River. The current carries dense, oxygen-rich water and has a direct influence on temperatures around the world. Part of the "News of the Day" series.

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