halocline

noun

hal·​o·​cline ˈha-lə-ˌklīn How to pronounce halocline (audio)
: a usually vertical gradient in salinity (as of the ocean)

Examples of halocline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sinkholes open into the world’s largest underground river system, making for some spectacular halocline diving—exploring the zone where freshwater and saltwater meet. Sara Clemence, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of halocline was in 1960

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“Halocline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halocline. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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