Triangular and Asymmetric Salt Fingers Academic Article uri icon


  • Solutions are given for a rich variety of salt finger planforms, including triangular and asymmetric modes. Preliminary laboratory experiments failed to realize the triangular mode. However, Osborn has recently discovered asymmetric ‘’salt fountains” in near-surface microstructure data. The fastest growing asymmetric finger solution given here has scales consistent with Osborn’s observations, though a selection mechanism for the asymmetry remains to be identified.

publication date

  • April 1994