Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Thermocline

ther·mo·cline n.
A layer in a large body of fluid, such as a lake, that sharply separates regions differing in temperature, so that the temperature gradient across the layer is abrupt.


A thermocline in the pond in the meadow means that the critters are living where they should and the plants are growing as one would expect for the biome and the proper mixing takes place between bottom of the pond and the top.

A thermocline halfway up the stairs in central Texas in the middle of July means that the upstairs air conditioning unit has gone out.

1 comment:

Matthew Sachs said...

> A layer in a large body of fluid ... A thermocline halfway up the stairs ... means that the upstairs air conditioning unit has gone out.

(Emphasis added.) Does the air count as a fluid, or does it also mean that you have a leak?