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Oceanographic conditions during 1973 in Russell Fjord, Alaska


Russell Fjord appears to be in the process of being dammed and isolated from marine influence by the advancing Hubbard Glacier. This study was initiated to understand the present circulation of the fjord and to provide a basis for comparison in the event that closure should occur. Observations made during 1973 indicate that the deep water is continuously renewed by near-surface source water added over the sill. 'NO' (Broecker, 1974) appears to be useful in tracing these additions. The probable consequences of glacial damming are considered. © 1976.

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