thermocline

noun
ther·​mo·​cline | \ ˈthər-mə-ˌklīn How to pronounce thermocline (audio) \

Definition of thermocline

: the region in a thermally stratified body of water which separates warmer surface water from cold deep water and in which temperature decreases rapidly with depth

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Recent Examples on the Web This concentrates the bait and fish to whatever depth the thermocline forms. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "How to Catch a 100-Pound Catfish," 8 June 2020 In a lot of bodies of water, a thermocline also shows up as the water temperature rises. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "How to Catch a 100-Pound Catfish," 8 June 2020 In summer, hot weather for months creates a layer of warm water to form on the surface, and beneath it, the thermocline, a layer of cool, oxygenated water full of fish, often 40 to 60 feet deep. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you need to know to visit Lake Berryessa in fall," 18 Oct. 2019 In the fall, that warm surface layer sinks and is replaced on top by the thermocline. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you need to know to visit Lake Berryessa in fall," 18 Oct. 2019 Fishing: Cherry Lake provides trout fishing, best for those who troll and can target the thermocline under the surface layer of warm water. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Cherry Lake a testament to NorCal lakes," 8 Aug. 2019 Outlook: Eric Prey of Focused Fishing Guide Service reports: thermocline is developing at 28 feet. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Prospects mixed on area lakes for week of June 20," 20 June 2018 Outlook: Guide Del Colvin reports: thermocline hasn’t started yet, but expected soon. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Most waters clear and warming in Kansas, Missouri | The Kansas City Star," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of thermocline

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Thermocline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thermocline. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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