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Tidal Front (Hydroform)

Component: Hydroform

Unique Identifier: 673

Hydroform Class Front
Hydroform Tidal Front

Definition A front created by the linear convergence of two water masses brought into juxtaposition by tidal action. Generally the two masses will have differential characteristics such as temperature, density, and often of color and productivity. Fronts can be maintained as distinct due to these differences, which inhibit mixing across a density barrier. There is often strong vertical mixing on either side of the front, producing upwelling and aggregations of biota feeding on the material grown in situ or accumulated at the front.