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The design of a simple in situ 45° angle light-scattering meter, used to obtain scattering profiles in the Florida Current, is presented. The profiles east of the current axis demonstrate the existence of high concentrations of particulate matter close to the bottom. Near the axis of the current, an anomalously high scattering coefficient, which may be an indication of up-welling, is observed as well as a scattering maximum near the depth of largest vertical shear. Rapid fluctuations in scattering, observed at all depths on each station, are attributed to statistical fluctuations of the concentration of large particles in the scattering volume.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 1972

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