Research in hot water

March 27, 1998

Southampton University researchers have just returned from the Galapagos Islands having carried out an intensive diving expedition to study the effects of El Ni$o, the periodic change in ocean currents that causes warming of the central eastern Pacific Ocean.

Temperature measurements showed that waters which are typically 250C were heated to 290C as a result of the El Ni$o phenomenon. The researchers, led by Ken Collins, undertook the work as part of a wider project to help safeguard the marine biodiversity of the islands.

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