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OCEANIC RADIOCARBON AND TRITIUM ON A TRANSECT BETWEEN AUSTRALIA AND BALI (EASTERN INDIAN OCEAN)

Viviane Leboucher, Philippe Jean-Baptiste, Elise Fourré, Maurice Arnold, Michele Fieux

Abstract


Results are presented of radiocarbon and tritium measurements along a transect between the Australian continental shelf and the Indonesian coast of Bali. The stations lie in the easternmost part of the Indian Ocean, close to the sills over which the Indonesian throughflow (ITF) makes its way to the Indian Ocean. The present data, obtained as part of the Java- Australia Dynamics Experiment (JADE) in August 1989, complement the WOCE 14C and tritium data set on both sides of the Indonesian archipelago and give us the opportunity to discuss the origin of the water masses and timescale of the throughflow. Both tracers point to a north equatorial Pacific origin of the waters. The comparison of the tritium inventories in the Pacific North Equatorial Current and along the JADE transect suggests a minimum transit time of the waters across the Indonesian seaways of the order of 5 to 6 yr, corresponding to a throughflow smaller than 18 106 m3/s.

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