Arctic intermediate water in the Norwegian Sea
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Two types of intermediate water propagate into the Norwegian Sea from the Iceland and Greenland seas. North Icelandic Winter water flows along the slope cf the Faroe-Iceland Ridge towards the Faroes . The distribution of this intermediate water is limited to the southern Norwegian Sea. The second type intrudes between the bottom water and the Atlantic water, and can be traced as a slight salinity minimum over the entire area of the Norwegian Sea. There seems to be along-isopycnal advection of this water type along the arctic front from both the Iceland and Greenland seas. Although the salinity minimum is less distinct along the slope of the continental shelf than in the western Norwegian Sea, this intermediate water acts as an isolating layer between the deep water and the Atlantic water.