Application of the distribution of oxygen to the physical oceanography of the Caribbean sea region
Seiwell, Harry Richard
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Observational data for this discussion were obtained principally during the two cruises of the oceanographic research ship, "Atlantis," to the Caribbean Sea March 7 to May 5, 1933 (stations 1487-1610) and February 2 to March 2, 1934 (stations 1935-2002). The oxygen determinations, carried out on board, have been published in Bulletin Hydrographique (1934, 1935) together with other hydrographic data. The Caribbean Sea region falls into two natural bathymetric subdivisions: a western, lying between Yucatan Channel and a ridge extending from Honduras to Haiti via Jamaica, designated in this paper as the "Cayman basin," and an eastern, between this ridge and the lesser Antilles, here designated as the "Caribbean basin". "Cayman basin" has been used by Parr (1937) and by Rakestraw and Smith (1937), and, while antedated by "Yucatan basin" (Krümmel, 1907) it seems that less confusion will arise if the term "Cayman" is used in this discussion. The "Atlantis" observations supply for the first time the necessary information for a detailed study of the distribution of oxygen in the Caribbean Sea region. The 1933 and 1934 observations are here used indifferently; such a procedure seemed desirable since the data are insuffcient for determination of annual or seasonal variations, particularly in view of the disturbing effect which may be caused by short period vertical oscillations of relatively large magnitude.
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