Pycnocline meaning

pĭk'nə-klīn'
The definition of a pycnocline is a layer in a body of water where the density is the greatest.

An example of a pycnocline is a layer of the ocean in which the density quickly increases as the water gets deeper.

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An intermediate layer of oceanic water in which density increases more rapidly with depth than in the layers above and below it.
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A layer, zone, or gradient of changing density, esp. a thin layer of ocean water with a density that increases rapidly with depth.
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A boundary layer in a body of water between areas of different temperature or salinity.

The bay has fresher water at the surface and saltier water at the bottom, in between is the pycnocline.

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A layer of water where the density changes rapidly with depth.
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Origin of pycnocline

  • Greek puknos thick –cline
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Ancient Greek πυκνότης (puknotÄ“s, “density") +"Ž -cline
    From Wiktionary