Super salty water leaking from the Indian Ocean may have helped end the last ice age

The salty present flooded into the South Atlantic through the Agulhas Leakage, which snakes across the tip of Africa. (Picture credit score: Shutterstock)

Extraordinarily salty water flooding into the Atlantic Ocean from the Indian Ocean might have contributed to the tip of the final ice age 15,000 years in the past, researchers have discovered.

Propelled by a change in winds and currents in direction of the tip of the Pleistocene epoch (2.6 million to 11,700 years in the past), the salty stream snaked across the tip of Africa in an influx of water referred to as the Agulhas Leakage, which merges with the Gulf Stream within the North Atlantic. As soon as there, the massive salt supply probably triggered adjustments in ocean circulation techniques that assist to manage the local weather, in keeping with the researchers.