Anchored in the Florida Current
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I once spent a week aboard a vessel anchored in the Florida current, in water 830 m deep, far from the sight of land. We were there to measure transport variations, and I recall the numbing hourly routine of profiling the current with an instrument that traveled down a weighted line suspended from the ship. In much sharper focus I remember the mighty current that ceaselessly swept past the vessel. The current raised a foaming bow wave and strummed the anchor cable with a note that permeated the quiet ship, giving the strange experience of being underway with silent engines while going nowhere. ©1985. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.
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