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I read with great interest your writeup on the ‘Mysteries of Bottom Water’ in the March issue of The Oceanography Report (Eos, March 1, 1983, p. 83).

I can recall the time, not so very long ago, when some very prominent physical oceanographers dismissed the notion advanced by paleo-oceanographers that the deep ocean environment is far from steady. It is nice to see them come around, some of them even to start to pay attention to what paleo-oceanographers have to say.