Thursday, June 8, 2006


Ocean vortex ‘death trap’ discovered

`A team of scientists from The University of Western Australia Murdoch University, CSIRO and three American, French and Spanish research institutions announced the discovery of the vortex after a month-long research voyage in the ocean just west of Rottnest Island.

Led by Dr Anya Waite, a biological oceanographer from UWA, the 10-member team found the vortex 200km in diameter and 1000m deep spinning at speeds up to 5kph just off the Rottnest Canyon. [..]

She said the climate above the vortex was noticeably different.

“It feels like you’re in the tropics,” she said.’

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