[Coral-List] Cold Florida water

Precht, Bill Bprecht at pbsj.com
Thu Jul 31 11:33:03 EDT 2003

I would point you to the recent work of James Leichter - references listed

Leichter, J. J., and Miller, S. L. 1999. Predicting high frequency
upwelling: spatial and temporal patterns of temperature anomalies on a
Florida coral reef. Cont. Shelf Res. 19:911-928.

Leichter, J. J., Stewart, H. L., and Miller, S. L. 2003. Episodic nutrient
transport to Florida coral reefs. Limnol. Oceanogr. 48:1394-1407.

Leichter, J. J., Wing, S. R., Miller, S. L., and Denny, M. W. 1996. Pulsed
delivery of subthermocline water to Conch Reef (Florida Keys) by internal
tidal bores. Limnol. Oceanogr. 41:1490-1501.




-----Original Message-----
From: Melissa Keyes [mailto:mekvinga at yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 8:19 PM
To: Coral-List at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: [Coral-List] Cold Florida water

  Hello Listers,

  Many florida divers I know have been comenting for
several weeks that there's a ferocious thermocline, at
50 feet and deeper, and the deeper water has been as
cold as 55*f.

  The beginning of lobster season for some was very
successful, as the bugs are just kind of sitting
around.  In some places normally active fish have been
laying on their sides on the bottom.

  Has there been any noticeable effect on corals in
that area?

  Is there a theory as to what's causing this?  Is it
related to the very warm anomally in the North-eastern
Atlantic several months ago?

  One friend said it's because "Hell is finally 
freezing over."

  Please forgive my *'measures.


  Melissa Keyes, s/v Vinga

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