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In September 1973, 423 drift bottles were released in the vicinity of Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. Over the next year 29 (7%) returns were received, all of them from positions west of their launch sites. The returns indicated an extremely complex current condition in Mona Passage with some bottles drifting from the Caribbean into the Atlantic Ocean and others in the opposite direction. Approximately half the returns came from the Dominican Republic and other nearby points less than 1,000 km from their launch sites. All remainder drifted more than 2,000 km and were recovered from the western end of the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the east coast of Florida. This long drifting group moved at speeds up to at least 21 em/sec though the true speed cannot be determined.
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Publication date: 1977-07-01

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