Deep, old water explains why Antarctic Ocean hasn't warmed

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    The waters surrounding Antarctica may be one of the last places to experience human-driven climate change. New research from the University of Washington and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds that ocean currents explain why the seawater has stayed at roughly the same temperature while most of the rest of the planet has warmed.
    The study resolves a scientific conundrum, and an inconsistent pattern of warming often seized on by climate deniers. Observations and climate models show that the unique currents around Antarctica continually pull deep, centuries-old water up to the surface -- seawater that last touched Earth's atmosphere before the machine age, and has never experienced fossil fuel-related climate change.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160530115537.htm

    Journal article: http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo2731.html
     
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