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POSTER: Introducing a Different Kind of Blob in the PNW – the Snark!

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22-03-018May 2022
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Author(s) S. Albertson; Bos, J.; Coleman, N.; Flores, M.; Horwith, M.; Krembs, C.; Pearce, M.; Rauschl, E.; Ruffner, J.; and Young H.
Description Puget Sound experienced progressively saltier conditions from 2017-2019 compared to time-averaged seasonal norms from 1999-2018. Reduced freshwater inflow from rivers drove much of these salinity increases.

We report on another process raising salinity on the landward end of Case Inlet. Like “Meddies” in the Mediterranean Sea, evaporation leads to the formation of hypersaline blobs of surface water, known as “snarks”.

This poster was presented at the virtual Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference on April 26, 2022 during the Applied Research & Climate Change session.
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Keywords evaporation, salinity, marine waters, Puget Sound, blobs, Case Inlet, snarks
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