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The Antarctic Is Signaling Big Climate Trouble.

By Henry Fountain, Jeremy White

13 Dec 2021 · 5 min read

The immense and forbidding Southern Ocean is famous for howling gales and devilish swells that have tested mariners for centuries. But its true strength lies beneath the waves.

The ocean’s dominant feature, extending up to 2 miles deep and as much as 1,200 miles wide, is the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, by far the largest current in the world.

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