|Fig. 1 WOW. original data|
Yesterday's post had some ocean temperature cooling which induced Mark to look closer at the cooling ocean in the Caribbean, which is generally a warm water locale.
He discovered that glacial waters are flowing from the Columbian Andes into that ocean area to cause cooling of the ocean in that WOD zone (7107).
|Fig. 2 One line deleted|
Well, I ran into a mystery myself while preparing the graphs.
In the year 1980, in WOD zones 5407 and 5507, there was an odd and seemingly anomalous temperature recorded for those zones.
After I did a graph, I removed the questionable year-1980 line from the CSV file and then generated another graph with the year-1980 data in it.
The graph at Fig. 1 is the graph with the year-1980 line of data in it, and Fig. 2 is the exact same CSV file with that one (year-1980) line removed.
|Fig. 3 WOD Zones W. Coast S. America|
The one line had all seven depths, and when removed it impacted all levels for the year involved.
Now, let me tell you what I went through so I would not become infected with the "Dunning-Krueger effect".
I did queries on millions of lines of data in the SQL "rawwod" database, then noticed where those two WOD zones are (the ones that had the surprising year-1980 data in them).
It so happens that those two zones are located in the area of Patagonia, where the Southern Patagonian Ice Field is (southern tip of S. America).
Interestingly, Lautaro (a volcano in that ice field) erupted near the time frame of that cold water temperature surge (Lautaro Volcano):
Lautaro Glacier (Glaciar Lautaro), also called HPS9 glacier (Aniya et al., 2000; Cassasa et al., 2000), has 17 km long and 600 m wide in average, and flows along the western flank of the Lautaro volcano edifice (maximum altitude of 3,607 m a.s.l.), with its terminus at a marine fjord (Fig. 2).(Geologic reconnaissance of Lautaro Volcano, Chilean Patagonia). "It could happen."
I then remembered that the Greenland Ice Sheet is causing a cold blob of ocean water south of it, by releasing rivers of cold melt water (which shows up in surface temperature maps).
|Fig. 4 Patagonia|
Assuming that the WOD data are correct, what we have here is an indication of a massive release of melt water into WOD zones 5407 and 5507 circa 1980.
The data also show ocean temperatures recovering and moderating after that (as the sea level graph lines show @ Fig. 1).
Anyway, Fig. 3 shows the WOD zones involved in this exercise along the west coast of S. America.
But also check out Fig. 4 which is a graphic depicting events that include Patagonia.
The "odd graph line" happened in an area where non-intuitive sea level events take place often (like what happens in South Eastern Alaska and elsewhere: Proof of Concept , 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).