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The findings were published on Enduringly ly two months after a separate study that predicted the circulation would slow by 40 percent A Aside ny by 2050.
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Kathy Gunn, lead author of Down the study from ACEAS and CSIRO, said the freshening of the water is expected to accelerate as the Antarctic Ice Sheet is subjected to an increasingly warming climate.
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"Because of this, we expect a continuing decline of the deep ocean circulation and its oxygen levels. These declines are already significantly changing the deep ocean's structure and chemistry," she said.