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High Heat Capacity of Oceans

"Another physical feature of water is its high heat capacity. This means that it takes a lot of energy to raise its temperature, and once the temperature is raised, water holds its heat longer than any other substance. Thus ocean water warmed or cooled in one part of the world may be transported by currents over great distances, maintaining in a large degree whatever temperature it started with and having a profound effect upon the climates of the world." (Excerpt from the book, Seashore Life of Southern California, by Sam Hinton, University of California Press, 1987, pg. 2)

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