How to run a minimalist's global ocean conveyor

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[1] The current paradigm of modern climatology and oceanography is that the thermohaline ocean circulation comprises a so-called global ocean “salinity conveyor belt” – a system of currents connecting the northern North Atlantic and northern North Pacific. A hypothesis is put forth here that a slight disparity in freshwater redistribution between the oceans in the Northern Hemisphere is sufficient to build up and maintain a global conveyor-type ocean thermohaline circulation.

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