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Shelf-break Front (Hydroform)

Component: Hydroform

Unique Identifier: 672

Hydroform Class Front
Hydroform Shelf-break Front

Definition Frontal formations where cross-shelf waters encounter slope waters from the deeper oceans, often associated with upwelling. The seasonally transitional features are sites of high temperature, salinity and density gradients and often of high productivity where deep upwelled water contributes high nutrients.